Joplin Council lifts restrictions on indoor gatherings

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council Monday night voted to move to Phase 3 of its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan.

Moving to Phase 3 means the city is lifting restrictions on indoor gatherings. The city already lifted mask mandates and some restrictions on outdoor gathering.

Private businesses might still enforce mask rules and social distancing, but those are not required by the city.

“Its one of those things where I just don’t think we want to feel like we went too soon,” said Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley. “I think council’s starting to feel significantly more confident that the hard work has been done. Now we can become a little bit more accommodating and less restrictive.”

Council also approved a proposed project to widen 32nd Street between Schifferdecker Avenue and Central City Road.