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Clay County and many other areas across Kansas City have issued emergency Stay Home Orders to protect the health and safety of our residents with the goal of limiting the spread of Coronavirus in our community. It was issued based on the guidance of public health experts, as well as consultations with area medical leaders about the consequences of continued community spread of Coronavirus in the Kansas City metropolitan region on health care availability and access.
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.
The Stay at Home order is a necessary step to slow a worsening situation. With the continued spread of the virus aroufnd 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.
The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and is currently set to last through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2020.
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.
Major categories of essential businesses defined in the order include:
A full list of categories of essential businesses is provided in the order.
We strongly encourage all essential businesses to allow employees to work from home and to maintain social distancing to the extent feasible in continuing to carry out their operations.
This list may be update based on the advice of health officials as circumstances change.
Non-essential businesses can continue operations that can be conducted from employees’ homes or places of rest. They can also continue minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and facilities and to ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, as well as minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences or places of rest, provided social distancing is maintained. Any operations that do not meet these requirements must be ceased.
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Currently, guidance is available on a general (industry) basis within the Clay County Public Health Center’s Stay at Home order and not a case by case (specific business) basis. Business owners should review the order in its entirety if they believe there is ambiguity about whether they qualify as essential or not.
Yes, public works, infrastructure (including commercial buildings), and housing construction are classified as essential. We strongly encourage construction businesses to carry out their work in compliance with Social Distancing requirements and guidelines to the extent feasible.
Any manufacturing operation that supplies goods necessary for the operation of other essential businesses (for example medical equipment, transport equipment, telecommunications equipment, supplies necessary to maintain or build infrastructure, sanitation and cleaning supplies, food or beverages, etc.) is classified as essential.
Yes, transit operators (Including railroads, airline and airport workers, and public transit organizations) are classified as essential. Additionally, maintenance providers (such as mechanics or bike repair shops) are also classified as essential, as are suppliers of parts needed to maintain the operations of transit providers. Truckers are also classified as essential.
Yes. We recognize that individuals employed in essential businesses who are traveling (for example medical workers or infrastructure maintenance workers) and/or individuals who find their homes temporarily uninhabitable may need to secure shelter.
Yes, home repair services including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, lawn and landscape care, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and essential businesses are classified as essential.
Yes, businesses and organizations that facilitate and support internet access and communications, including the ability to work and learn from home, are considered essential
Yes, businesses that distribute food or drink are classified as essential. We encourage the maintenance of social distancing to the extent feasible in all cases.
Yes. The city recognizes that many workers in essential industries need access to child care to continue to work. The order includes the following guidance for child care providers and the city recommends that all providers follow this guidance to the extent feasible:
Childcare should be carried out in stable groups, preferably with 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day);
Children should not change from one group to another;
If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group should be in a separate room. Groups should not mix with each other; and
Childcare providers should remain solely with one group of children.
Yes, realtors, leasing agents, building/housing inspection services, movers, and other services necessary to help people find or maintain housing are classified as essential. We strongly encourage all of these services to practice social distancing to the extent feasible and to limit unnecessary activities that can be deferred to a later date.
No, businesses that provide personal services are not classified as essential.
Gyms and workout facilities are not classified as essential. However, individuals are encouraged to use parks and trails to exercise outdoors while they practice Social Distancing, though certain high-traffic areas such as playgrounds and courts may be closed.
The city cannot compel any individual to go to work, nor can it make determinations for essential businesses about which employees are essential and non-essential for carrying out its work. Essential businesses can continue standard operations provided social distancing is maintained to the extent feasible. Essential businesses are strongly encouraged to allow employees whose duties can be carried out from home to do so.
The city cannot compel any business to remain open.
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.