State of emergency declared in Joplin due to national Corononavirus outbreak

So far no cases have been in confirmed in the Joplin area

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Mayor Gary Shaw declared a state of emergency in Joplin at a special city council meeting. Though no cases have been confirmed in Joplin, officials are taking steps to reduce public gatherings. The city council also passed a new city ordinance prohibiting public gatherings of more than 50 people.

Businesses such as restaurants and entertainment business, and their employees, are included in the ordinance. Those businesses will have to limit occupancy to 50% of the fire code limit up to 50 people.

Educational institutions and daycare facilities are exempt from the ordinance.