Greene County, Missouri is the latest in the 4-state region to issue a stay at home order.
Kansas City and some if its immediate surrounding counties started stay at home orders today, March 24. St. Louis City and County, Missouri stay at home orders went into effect Monday, March 23. Sedgwick County, Kansas (includes Wichita) enacted a “stay at home” order that will go into effect tomorrow, March 25.
Release from the government of Greene County:
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. – Greene County Commission issues Stay at Home Order To help our community continue to work to slow the spread of COVID-19, today the Greene County Commission, in consultation with Springfield-Greene County Health Department Director Clay Goddard, issued a Stay at Home Order, requiring Greene County residents to stay at home except for essential activities. This order will take effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, March 25 and shall continue for a period of 30 days unless renewed or withdrawn.
“We clearly want to do everything we can to keep citizens healthy and safe during this time and the Commission, along with City and local health care leaders, believe this is the best step in achieving that,” said Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon. “We are asking that everyone adhere to this Order, as we are all in this together and only through working together will we be able to minimize the impact of this virus on our community.”
To further clarify this order, “essential activities” will mean:
- To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not
limited to, pets), or close personal acquaintances, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.
- To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or close personal acquaintances, or to deliver those services
or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and essential household goods and products, such as cleaning and
personal care products, and other products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Physical Distancing Requirements as defined herein, such as, by way of example and
without limitation, biking, walking, hiking, or running.
- To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business (as defined in the Order) or to otherwise carry out activities specifically
permitted in this Order, including Minimum Basic Operations, as defined herein, at Non-Essential Business.
- To care for a family member, close personal acquaintance, or pet in another household.
A copy of the full order and exemptions is available on the Greene County website under the News section at: https://greenecountymo.gov/files/PDF/file.pdf?id=35369
“Now is the time for unified action, not fear,” Dixon added. “We will get through this. We are all in this together.”