Guidance for Events

The Mayor of the City of Joplin has issued an order banning social gatherings of 10 or more persons.  This does not apply to educational activities, daycare facilities, and business operations.  All persons are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing at this time, allowing at least six (6) feet of space between individuals and avoiding unnecessary contact.  This order is in effect until April 6, 2020 unless extended by further order of the Mayor.


Social distancing is one of our best tools in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  We strongly urge you to limit your contact with other people reduces your risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to others.  A minimum of six feet should be maintained between individuals to prevent the spread of the virus.


  • Clean dirty surfaces with soap and water or bottled ready-to-use cleaner first. Products that clean well include dish soap, Formula 409, OxiClean, and Windex.
  • After cleaning, disinfect surfaces to kill the virus and allow to dry completely. For hard surfaces, use bottled disinfectants like Clorox Cleaner with Bleach, Lysol, or mix your own (1/3 c regular bleach to 1 gal water). For porous surfaces, use a disinfectant appropriate for material (see label). When doing laundry, wash according to label using warmest setting possible and allow to dry completely in a clothes dryer.

What individuals should do

  • Wash your hands often, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you are sick:
    • Stay home.
    • Practice good respiratory hygiene (cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash).
    • Wash hands often.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces or objects often using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe (click here for the EPA’s list of cleaning agents tested for use against the novel coronavirus).
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • Face masks are not recommended to protect people who are well from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases.
    • Face masks are also crucial for healthcare workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).