Joplin enters Phase 2-Step 2 to reopen and recover

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JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council passes the next steps for the city to reopen and recover.

On June 2, 2020, the City of Joplin started “Phase 2-Step 2” of its Plan for Response and Recovery. It outlines steps for the community to resume normal life, while still practicing various measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read the full plan: Joplin COVID-19 Reopening the Economy Plan PHASE TWO STEP TWO

According to the City of Joplin, this plan allows the city to cautiously resume some regular community activities focusing on three key elements:

  • Adjust physical distancing strategies
  • Maintain focus on testing, isolation strategies and healthcare
  • Individual and corporate responsibility

Officials say as Joplin’s Public Health Department continues its work with its healthcare partners and hospitals, the success of completing the steps in “Phase 2 – Recovery” is the responsibility of each individual, business and organization.

“After you read this plan, if you have questions about how this affects your business or need clarification, please contact us. We’re here to help as we are in this together with you.” – City of Joplin

Phase 2 – Step 2: Joplin COVID-19 Reopening the Economy Plan PHASE TWO STEP TWO

Step 2: Reduce limitations for businesses and organizations, reintroduce limited mass gatherings

Step 2 continues the reopening of communities by relaxing the occupancy limitations and begins to resume mass gatherings on a limited basis. All interactions within the community are required to maintain physical distancing strategies. High risk individuals should continue to limit interactions to those that are considered vital.

Business: current essential, businesses and organizations will continue operations. For all other business and organizations, occupancy restrictions are 25% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy for locations less than 10,000 square feet, and 10% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy for locations 10,000 square feet or greater. All businesses and organizations must continue to apply physical distancing standards in all facilities. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely.

Bars: Bars can be reopened, provided that the limitations on social distancing and other precautionary public health measures, including proper spacing of at least six feet (6’) between tables, lack of communal seating areas to parties that are not connected, and having no more than ten (10) people at a single table, are properly adhered to. Additionally, bars must comply with the attached requirements for reopening restaurants, attached hereto as Exhibit E.

Gyms: all fitness centers and gyms can be reopened but are restricted to 50% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy. All businesses must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely. Additionally, gyms must comply with the attached requirements for reopening gyms, attached hereto as Exhibit A.

Pools: all pools can be reopened but are restricted to 50% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy. All pools must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely. Additionally, pools must comply with the attached requirements for reopening pools, attached hereto as Exhibit B.

Personal Services: all barbers, cosmetologists, massage therapists, practitioners of tattooing, body piercing, and branding, tanning salons, and other providers of personal services can be reopened but are restricted to 50% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy. All businesses must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely. Additionally, barbers, cosmetologists, massage therapists, practitioners of tattooing, body piercing, and branding, and other providers of personal services must comply with the attached requirements for reopening personal services, attached hereto as Exhibit C.

Places of Worship: all places of worship can be reopened but are restricted to 50% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy. All places of worship must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely. Additionally, places of worship must comply with the attached requirements for reopening places of worship, attached hereto as Exhibit D.

Restaurants: Restaurants may offer dining-in services, provided that the limitations on social distancing and other precautionary public health measures, including proper spacing of at least six feet (6’) between tables, lack of communal seating areas to parties that are not connected, and having no more than ten (10) people at a single table, are properly adhered to. The continued use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is encouraged. Additionally, restaurants must comply with the attached requirements for reopening restaurants, attached hereto as Exhibit E.

Theaters: all theaters can be reopened but are restricted to 50% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy per individual theater. All businesses must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely. Additionally, theaters must comply with the attached requirements for reopening theaters, attached hereto as Exhibit F.

Mass gatherings: Mass gatherings of less than 50 individuals may resume. The limitation of 50 individuals pertains to all individuals at an event or location, except for funerals. All mass gatherings are required to apply physical distancing standards. Outdoor sports are permitted consistent with the requirements in Exhibit G.

Schools: continue to be closed consistent with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Director’s Order dated April 27, 2020.

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