City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence announces lifting of mask mandate, social distancing capacity restrictions

City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, in consultation with Acting Health Director Christina Heinen, today announced that effective immediately masks are not required indoors or outdoors and all social distancing capacity restrictions have been lifted. However, those who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in all public settings.

“Since declaring a State of Emergency on March 12, 2020, our city has followed the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, which now allows fully vaccinated people to cease wearing a mask indoors and outdoors in the City of Independence,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “Our community has made tremendous sacrifices and shown incredible strength and compassion over the past 14 months, and today marks a significant milestone in our public health efforts to battle the global pandemic.”

It is important to note:

  • Masks are required on public transportation per federal guidelines.
  • Avoiding large crowds indoors and outdoors and frequent hand-washing are encouraged.
  • Private and public businesses, places of worship, and schools may require masks, social distancing, and other restrictions at their discretion.
  • Amended requirements for City of Independence facilities and hours of operation will be forthcoming.

Vaccines are now readily available for free to anyone 12 or older. Find a list of regional vaccination providers as well as times for Independence clinics at indep.us/vaccines.

The Independence Health Department was recognized as a Local Public Health Authority (LPHA) by the State of Missouri in November, 2020. The Independence Health Department has conducted more than 8,000 COVID-19 tests and distributed more than 16,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

“Our relentless persistence in pursuing LPHA status for the Independence Health Department has allowed Independence to play a critical role in protecting the public’s health across our region and the State of Missouri thanks to the valiant efforts of our city leadership, professional staff, and thousands of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers,” Mayor Weir said.

Further information will be provided on City facility hours and operations at a later time. The City of Independence remains under a State of Emergency at this time.