Mayor Eileen Weir announced today the latest changes Independence residents will see due to the regional “Stay at home” order issued by Jackson County and others in the Kansas City Metro Region. As of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, all citizens are asked to stay-at-home except for those traveling to work deemed essential under the order or essential tasks such as getting groceries or items from the pharmacy.
“As we have said since declaring a State of Emergency on March 12, this is a quickly moving crisis that has required local, state and federal leaders to review large amounts of information coming in minute by minute,” Mayor Weir said. “This order changes the way we live our lives through at least April 24. All of us are encouraged to stay home, but this does not mean you cannot walk the dog or play outside with the kids as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. We are asking everyone to help us slow the spread of this deadly disease and give our healthcare providers the fighting chance they need to respond to this pandemic.”
You can find a full list of frequently asked questions from Jackson County here, jacksongov.org/1186/Stay-at-Home-FAQs. Citizens are encouraged to share questions not addressed in this FAQ with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are prohibitions or service changes previously implemented by Mayor Weir but impacted by this new order from Jackson County extending them until at least April 24. For Independence residents, visitors and members who work in essential jobs, these are some of the key changes you will see:
City of Independence buildings including City Hall, the Independence Utility Center and all Parks|Recreation|Tourism facilities will remain closed through at least April 24.
City staff are deemed essential as part of the government functions of our community. However, staff schedules have been altered to limit interactions and where possible staff have been enabled to work from home. This will have an impact on service times. We thank citizens for their patience.
Utilities will not be shut off until further notice and Independence Utilities Customers are encouraged to pay their bills online or via phone if possible, all credit card and online convenience fees have been waived until further notice. If you are unable to pay online, you can also pay through the drive-thru at the Independence Utilities Center, or in the overnight drop-off at City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. Additionally, all late fees will be waived until further notice.
Finally, as announced on March 16, gatherings of any size are discouraged and in some cases prohibited in the City of Independence including:
All restaurants, bars and taverns are closed until at least April 24. Restaurants are able to provide curbside, to-go or delivery services.
All body care services are prohibited until at least April 24. This includes hair salons, nail salons, barbers, tattoo and piercing services, and massage providers. Retail sales at these locations are no longer permitted. Healthcare services such as physical therapy are not impacted.
“We ask all of our citizens to regularly check the City’s website and social media for the latest information associated with this event,” Fire Chief and Incident Command Lead Doug Short said. “We have seen many rumors causing fear among our residents and want you to know we will share information as quickly as possible during this event.”
For the latest updates on changes to services, closing and cancellations in the City of Independence, please visit indep.us/coronavirus. All citizens are also encouraged to follow the City on Facebook at facebook.com/CityofIndependence, Twitter @CItyofIndepMo, and Nextdoor for updates on this changing situation.