UPDATED July 15
On Sunday, July 19, the Clay County Public Health Center will begin requiring face masks and coverings to be worn in all indoor areas of public accommodation. This decision was made due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Clay County in recent weeks.
The goal of the mask mandate is to reduce the spread of germs that cause COVID-19, infecting more and more Clay County residents every day. Face masks and coverings have been proven to limit the spread of these germs. By increasing the use of face masks, we hope to see a reduction in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
UPDATED JULY 3
The Clay County Public Health amended its Emergency Order this week. The following changes go into effect Sunday, July 5:
- A business may return to the full building/fire code occupancy if the following protocols are implemented and adhered to at all times:
- All employees or visitors to any indoor public accommodation must wear face coverings in an area or while performing any activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public, while physical distancing standards continue to be applied.
- These spaces include, but are not limited to, grocery and other retail stores, special events, and public transit. The list of persons who may be exempt from wearing a face covering can be found below or within the full document at clayhealth.com/recovery.
- If the above protocols are not implemented, business and organizational occupancy restrictions are to continue at 50% of the entity’s authorized building/fire code occupancy.
- Taverns/bars must remain at 50% occupancy.
- Pools must remain at 50% occupancy.
- Youth sports for children 5 years and younger may resume. Full contact sports practices may resume in stable groups of 25 or under.
- Mass gatherings (including outdoor weddings and funerals) are still limited to 250 people.
- Churches and indoor wedding/funeral services: must maintain 50% occupancy if face coverings are not required or can have full occupancy if face coverings are required and physical distancing is maintained.
- Long-term care facilities must continue to restrict visitors.
Read more at clayhealth.com/recovery.
This order is set to remain in place until Monday, July 20.
UPDATED JUNE 30
In May 2020, the Clay County Commission approved the allocation of federal CARES Act funds to cities and school districts within the county. Allocation levels were based on a population formula created by county assistant county administrators using 2018 data from Mid-America Regional Council and the state department of education. The City of Liberty received $2.9 million.
Per the U.S. Department of the Treasury guidelines, the CARES Act requires funds only be used to cover expenses that:
are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.
Per the agreement with Clay County, entities receiving funds, including the City of Liberty, must:
- provide documentation to the county finance department each month on how all funds are spent,
- sign a funding certification stating funds will be spent according to set guidelines
- spending preference is given to county vendors
Each month, we will share files that detail the City’s CARES Act fund expenditures on this page under CARES Act Expenditures.
UPDATED MAY 29
Beginning June 1, Liberty City Hall will be open to the public 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. . We still encourage residents and customers to utilize online processes that were developed during the Stay Home Order.
As of June 1, the following amenities will be available to parks visitors:
- The Liberty Community Center will be open to members only with capacity restrictions. (More information on procedures, hours amenities & safety are available on the Community Center webpage)
- Playgrounds (Park visitors are advised that use of playgrounds is at their own risk as the equipment is not sanitized. Use of masks and social distancing are encouraged.)
- All parks & trails
- All pickleball, volleyball and tennis courts,
- Bennett Park skatepark
Please follow the social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control when using the parks.
The Liberty Animal Shelter will continue to be open by appointment only.
We will continue to post updates as more facilities are able to reopen and/or expand hours.
UPDATED MAY 12
With the uncertainty of the next few months, when we know mass gatherings will be limited to no more than several hundred people at most, it is very difficult to plan special events and large festivals like Liberty Fest. With health and safety of the public and our employees still our highest priority, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Liberty Fest event and fireworks show as well as the following events in May and June:
- May and June Guided Historic Walking Tours
- May Popcorn in the Park (as of now, Liberty Parks & Rec will postpone showing Frozen II to the August 28 event)
- May Moonlight Yoga (updates on future events will be posted online»
- Summer Band Concerts in historic downtown Liberty (possible alternative dates/ locations under review. Watch for updates »
- Make Music Day (June 21)
staff will continue to evaluate future events and programs and will post about any cancellations or postponements to the City website and social media channels.
UPDATED APRIL 29
Beginning May 4, Liberty City Hall will be open to the public 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with limited staffing. Liberty residents and customers are encouraged to continue utilizing online processes that were developed during the Stay Home Order. (see City Operations & Services page)
Beyond City Hall, below is a list of other City facilities that will reopen May 4:
- City parks and trails will remain open.
- Stocksdale Park, including the dog park, disc golf course and trails will reopen, as will the Pickleball court on Withers Road and tennis courts/skate park at Bennett Park. However, if patrons do not follow social distancing guidelines, these amenities will be closed again.
- Animal Shelter will be open by appointment only.
With the Clay County Public Health Center occupancy restrictions and concerns with high touch facilities and amenities the following facilities / amenities will remain closed for the time being:
- Liberty Community Center, including the Liberty Senior Center and Liberty Performing Arts Theatre
- City spraygrounds and playgrounds
- Basketball and sand volleyball courts in Liberty parks
- Capitol Federal Sports Complex of Liberty
We will continue to post updates as more facilities are able to reopen and/or expand hours. Thank you for being patient as staff works through these new procedures.
UPDATED APRIL 22
Clay County Public Health Center has updated its Stay Home Order to end May 3. The City of Liberty will continue to follow the CCPHC orders. More information for a phased reopening plan is coming soon.
UPDATED APRIL 17
The City of Liberty supports Clay County Public Health Center’s (CCPHC) decision to extend the County’s Stay-At-Home order through May 15. With your continued help, and that of our neighbors throughout Clay County, we are working together to contain the spread of COVID-19. This is a very fluid situation. CCPHC will continue making decisions based upon our county’s situation and depending upon that situation, the date may be revised.
CCPHC’s decision, and those of other area cities and health departments, is based on the best scientific data available for our area. Anticipated peak dates fluctuate, but current data projects that peak dates in the metro area will be at the end of April. Our efforts to flatten the curve are working, but it’s not over yet. The virus has a 14-day incubation period, so precautions are still needed to prevent a surge in cases after the peak has passed.
These continued, coordinated efforts set the stage for sustained reduction in case numbers and for the subsequent, phased reopening of both the County and City of Liberty. Officials are already looking to the future, and developing plans to begin easing the Stay At Home orders as soon as possible.
With the new Federal, State and County information coming out this week, it can be confusing to know which information applies to you and which Stay Home Order changes directly affect you. The easiest way to explain it is that the Federal guidelines are a framework that take into account the entire nation, but leaves room for each state to make decisions based on what is best for that state. Likewise, the State of Missouri takes into account the entire state, with both rural communities and large cities, leaving room for each City / County Health Department to make their own decisions based on hyper local data. All that said, the CCPHC Stay Home Order, and any amendments to it moving forward, including phased reopening of the County, is what will apply to all Liberty residents.
UPDATED APRIL 16
Kansas City\Mayor Quinton Lucas and the City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department extended KC’s Stay-at-Home order through May 15.
Clay County public health officials continue to evaluate the situation and will provide any updates as soon as possible. Bookmark their website at clayhealth.com, follow them on social media channels and sign up for their community email updates at https://bit.ly/3es7RBX.
Please continue to Stay Home and Stay Safe!
UPDATED APRIL 6
Governor Parson issues statewide "Stay Home Missouri" order to control, contain, and combat COVID-19. It will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.
UPDATED March 23
City of Liberty Mayor, City Council and staff support Clay County’s amended Emergency Proclamation ordering a Stay at Home order beginning at 12:01 a.m. on March 24 through April 24.
Exemptions are listed in the order and questions should be directed to the Clay County Public Health Center. Full details can be found at https://www.clayhealth.com/279/COVID-19-2019-Novel-Coronavirus
UPDATED March 20
From the Clay County Public Health Center - There are currently zero confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Clay County Public Health Center’s jurisdiction (all of Clay County except the city of Kansas City). However, there are several confirmed cases in nearby areas and so all residents, regardless of age, are encouraged to practice social distancing to slow the spread of disease. The situation is changing daily so make sure to stay informed by following trustworthy officials on social media and online.
Have questions about COVID-19? Call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) hotline at 1-877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
UPDATED March 19
At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, City of Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton issued a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19.
“We have seen in other states how rapidly this virus can spread through communities and the impact it can have on our most vulnerable populations,” said Mayor Brenton. “As this situation has evolved, we have taken measured steps to stem the spread in our community.”
“This proclamation is the next step and will help expedite our emergency response efforts and allow us to procure needed resources more easily and adapt as necessary in our ongoing efforts to protect public health and safety.”
This declaration will remain in place until further action is taken by City Council.
UPDATED March 18
A State of Emergency was declared in Clay County by Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte on Tuesday, March 17.
More details on the Clay County Public Health Center website.
UPDATED March 16, 2020
City of Liberty is monitoring information regarding COVID-19 from the Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC), the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of March 15, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Liberty. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines, released on March 16, recommend avoiding social events with more than 10 persons for 15 days.