Joplin parks director says there is no enforcement of social distancing…for now

"I'm not saying that can't happen."

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin’s mayor says talks continue about a possible stay at home order.  The mayor expanded on that possibility today during a daily briefing.  Plus, Joplin’s parks director lists which facilities are going to remain open.

Mayor Gary Shaw reiterated that he wants city rules regarding Covid-19 to be in line with state regulations.  He says city officials are getting updates about needed safety precautions on an hourly basis.

Mayor Shaw says based on his discussions with business leaders and others in the community, 50% of people seem to want a stay at home order, while 50% do not.  For now, the mayor is encouraging people to keep social distancing, and to spend time outside.

Joplin’s parks and recreation director says indoor facilities are closed to the public.  But the tennis courts, dog park, and golf course are open.  He is encouraging people to still be mindful of the “10/6 rule,” which is no more than 10 people in a group with people 6 feet away from each other.

The parks director says there is no enforcement right now of this rule.  But that could change.

“I feel right now on our end we want to educate people,” says Paul Bloomberg with Joplin’s Parks Department.  “We have signage everywhere to remind everyone to follow that 10/6 rule we put in place.  But I’m not saying that can’t happen.”

The city’s health director says there have been no new Covid-19 cases in Joplin, as of this afternoon.