The City of Joplin wants to make it as easy as possible for our residents to find information about the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. We know this is a stressful time and our day-to-day lives have been disrupted in many ways. We want to assure you that the City will continue to offer essential services our residents rely on throughout this public health emergency.
During the August 17,2020 meeting of the Joplin City Council, council members voted to move Joplin to Phase 2 – Step 4 from Phase 2 - Step 2 in the Joplin Response and Recovery Plan. Phase 2 – Step 4 is the final step of Phase 2 and reopens the community, removing any occupancy limitations for businesses, restaurants, places of worship, theaters, and other venues while still continuing physical distancing in their operations. Offering services remotely is also a recommendation in this step. The plan outlines requirements for categories that have specific interactions with the public, including personnel in restaurants and personal services, such as barbers and hair stylists, have to wear face masks if within six feet of customers. Specific details on the categories are found in the Exhibits included in the City’s Response and Recovery Plan.
Step 4 of Phase 2 does allow for mass gatherings of 250 people, for both indoors and outdoors.
During the Council meeting, members also voted to allow the City ordinance requiring face masks to expire on August 17, 2020 as originally stated.