COVID-19 and Blue Springs FAQs
The City of Blue Springs falls under the
Jackson County Stay At Home Order
Q: When will Blue Springs businesses open up?
The City of Blue Springs is under the Jackson County Stay at Home Order and Jackson County has just announced Phase 1 of the Re-Opening, which will begin May 11. The full plan can be found here.
Q: Why do we have to wait until May 11 while other cities and the state are starting to open May 3?
The State of Missouri has set a statewide Stay At Home Order until May 3. But state law allows local health departments to make stricter guidelines they feel are necessary for the health and safety of their residents. In Blue Springs, the local health department is the Jackson County Health Department, which is why Blue Springs falls under the Jackson County Orders. Other jurisdictions have decided to mirror the State Orders.
Q: Why can’t the City make its own decisions?
The City of Blue Springs does not have its own health department and falls under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Health Department. Some larger cities, like the City of Kansas City do have their own health departments, which is why you see those cities and Mayors making their own decisions.
Q: On May 11th will things go back to normal?
On Friday, May 1, Jackson County announced that it will begin Phase 1 of reopening businesses to the public.
Restaurants and bars selling food, retail stores and personal services such as hair and nail salons are allowed to open during Phase 1 as long as customers and staff in the building are limited. Locations smaller than 10,000 square feet, are limited to 25 percent occupancy. Locations larger than 10,000 square feet are limited to 10 percent occupancy. Additionally, these businesses must maintain social distancing and preventative practices and have a social distancing protocol in place before re-opening.
- Restaurants and Bars Selling Food: Dine-In allowed, curbside pick-up still encouraged. Must limit the number of staff and customers in the building.
- Retail stores: Open for business. Must limit the number of staff and customers in the building.
- Personal Services (Nail, hair, and massage salons): Open for business by appointment only. Must limit the number of staff and customers in the building
- Large Gatherings (churches, weddings, funerals): Limited to 10 people.
- Gyms and Fitness Centers: Remain closed during Phase 1
- Outdoor Playgrounds and Sports Courts: Remain closed during Phase 1.
- Entertainment venues: Remain closed during phase 1.
Q: How long will each phase last?
Each phase could last a minimum of 14 days, the incubation period of COVID-19, but they could also be longer depending on the data gathered by the Jackson County Health Department. To move through the phases more quickly, it will take the entire community continuing to take individual and business precautions and continue to:
- Wash hands frequently
- Wear a mask when going out in public
- Maintain social distancing recommendations and stay at least 6 feet apart.
- Clean and sanitize frequently
- Stay away from large groups and crowds
For additional questions, Jackson County has developed a FAQ page to help answer more specific questions related to the Stay At Home Order.