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Clay County and many other areas across Kansas City have issued a Stay Home Order requiring people to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning March 24 and going through at least April 24. The purpose of this order is to make it clear to everyone in Clay County that staying home and preventing the spread of germs is the best way to make sure fewer people get sick. Also, staying at home slows down how quickly the disease spreads and keeps our health care systems and workers from being overwhelmed with patients all at once. When our health care workers are given more time, they are able to do better and save more lives.
The short answer - for the health and well being of our neighbors, health care providers and first responders, and to give our health care system a fighting chance to deal not only with COVID-19 cases but the other medical cases that need care and attention.
The longer answer - We have seen how rapidly this virus can spread through communities and the impact it could have on our most vulnerable populations and our metro-wide health system. As this situation has evolved over the last few weeks, we have taken measured steps to slow the spread of this virus in our community.
We need and appreciate the continued commitment of our residents, businesses and community partners to help in our community’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by implementing the rules of this order..
The Stay at Home order is a necessary step to slow a worsening situation. With the continued spread of the virus around the world, and in our own state and county, we must make every effort to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering. This is the best way to fight the virus, save lives and flatten the curve so as not to overwhelm our health systems and health care providers.
The orders set forth by Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) apply to all people and businesses within CCPHC’s jurisdiction. This jurisdiction includes everything within the borders of Clay County, including the City of Liberty and excluding the city of Kansas City, Missouri. However, the city of Kansas City has implemented similar orders, in addition to other areas in the Kansas City region.
Residents can leave their residences to engage in essential activities,
Citizens should remain at home if they are not engaged in any of these essential activities to help stem the community spread of Coronavirus.
The amended emergency order will take effect at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in effect through 11:59 PM on April 23, 2020. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change based on guidance from public health officials and other experts.
The main goals of the Stay At Home order are:
By following these orders over the next few weeks, whether as an employer, employee or just as a friend or neighbor, you will have an impact on everyone else in our community. Doing your part now will save lives later.
Many Liberty area businesses took the necessary steps to safeguard their employees, customers and community even before the Stay At Home Order was issued. With the more cases being confirmed in the metro area and Clay County, we hope that all businesses will choose to do the right thing within the spirit of the orders issued by the Clay County Public Health Center. We hope that there will be no call to enforce these orders as our resources are much better served conducting normal activities.
Potential Loss of Business License: Businesses that are in willful non-compliance with the spirit of these orders risk having their business license revoked and/or face criminal charges under city code 18-17.1. In addition, businesses could incur additional penalties including up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine for each violation. Businesses may risk other regulatory sanctions depending on the nature of the business.
To be clear, this is NOT something the the City of Liberty wants to dedicate resources to at this time and are calling on all businesses to do the right thing.
You are still able to get your health needs addressed. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services. Some services, especially elective procedures or regular appointments, may be postponed or canceled.
If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline or an urgent care center. Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency. In the case of COVID-19, if you believe you may have the disease, please call your medical provider first and only go to the hospital if you are have difficulty breathing.
Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores can operate. If possible, you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.
Yes, all those places are allowed to be open during this time. However, some place may have limited hours and services or be taking other precautions to prevent the spread of germs.
Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as well as food delivery services.
Yes, you can place orders from online stores. Businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are allowed to continue to operate.
Yes, but only for essential travel. At this time, public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport, you should stay six feet away from others and disinfect your hands before and after your ride.
Yes, but only for essential travel. If you do use this type of transportation, do your best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer and wash your hands before and after rides, etc.
No. For your safety and their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. The only exceptions are for those who are required to take care of elderly relatives, young children, those that have medical needs or pets. Always take extreme precautions when moving from place to place and interacting with others.
You are still able to keep with your normal arrangements. However, if the child is sick or has been exposed to sickness, consider allowing the child to stay in one place to keep the virus from spreading to other places.
Liberty parks and trails are still open. Individuals are still encouraged to practice social distancing. The use of playgrounds is discourage as these are not sanitized regularly.
Republic Services is continuing trash & recycling service at this time. However, due to concerns with COVID-19 and for the safety of their drivers, Republic Services crews will only pick up trash that is contained in the carts. Extra bags or cardboard outside the cart will not be picked up.
Compost Connection will only pick up yard waste contained in yard waste carts. They will not pick up bagged items at this time.
Bulky item pickups have been suspended until further notice.
Utility customers have two ways they can continue to pay their City utility bills:
The City is suspending water disconnects for non-payments until further notice. We encourage all customers to make regular payments as they are able.
Call your healthcare professional first if you develop symptoms (cough, fever or other respiratory problems) and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing spread of COVID-19. Tell them your risk factors and symptoms so they can provide you with further instructions.
If you have mild symptoms, do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have difficulty breathing, it doesn’t mean you have novel coronavirus, but you should call 911. If you’re over 60 or have underlying conditions, come up with a plan with your doctor to identify your health risks for coronavirus. Contact your doctor right away if you do have symptoms.
Questions about COVID-19? Call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) hotline at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Gatherings of this sort are dangerous and social gatherings of more than 10 people are currently prohibited statewide per Order issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In-person social gatherings are one of the primary transmission points for the Coronavirus, hosting in-person events of this type will facilitate the spread of the disease throughout the community. There have been many examples in other cities and countries where the disease spread rapidly through weddings, funerals, and other social events. Furthermore, social events are not one of the essential activities permitted under the emergency order, so attendees could be held in violation of the order.
All social gatherings of 10 or more people are currently prohibited statewide per Order from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services under direction from Governor Parson. Many faith leaders have been holding services online. The Health Department is working on guidance that may allow individuals to apply for permission to hold weddings, funerals, and other special events provided strict and specific social distancing requirements are followed. This page will be updated when that guidance is available.
First, review the emergency orders and Stay at Home FAQs first to learn what is and is not considered an essential business.
To report a Clay County business or organization that you believe is in violation of the emergency orders, please submit a complaint online. If the business’ address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City Health Department.