Joplin Mayor signs stay-at-home order to go into effect April 6

JOPLIN, Mo. -Joplin Mayor has signed a stay-at-home order that will go into effect on Monday, April 6.

The City will enforce this Order by issuing citations that may result in fines, suspending business licenses and assessing other penalties.

Click here to read the full order.

The order states that individuals may leave their homes or place of rest only to perform “Essential Activities.” People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are urged to stay in their home except as necessary to seek medical care and to get essential life items.

“All individuals shall exercise social distancing requirements at all times,” the order states.

Essential Activities include working in an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, seeking medical care, caring for a family member or loved one, and exercising and maintaining personal health.

Some “Essential Businesses” in the order include:

  • Essential Infrastructure and Healthcare Operations
  • Pharmacies
  • Veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, convenience stores.. stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and persons
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing
  • Human and animal food processing facility workers
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
  • Gas stations, auto-supply, auto-repair, bicycle-supply, bicycle-repair and related facilities
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Building supply and hardware stores
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning services
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services
  • Educational institutions
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
  • Railroads and rail systems
  • Government services
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Child care
  • Delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants

Read more Essential Businesses listed in the order here. You can also find FAQs about the Order here, a few FAQ items are listed below:

Are childcare providers classified as essential?
Yes. The City recognizes that many workers in essential industries need access to childcare to continue to work. The order includes the following guidance for childcare 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.

My job (or my business) has been impacted by the coronavirus, where can I go to get help?
A list of resources for employees and job seekers is available from the City of Joplin Health Department’s website and the Missouri Job Board website. Businesses can find useful resources from the Joplin Chamber of Commerce website.

Joplin’s Website on COVID-19: