Jackson County's Phase 1 Recovery Plan which provides guidelines for reopening is now in effect. Stay up to date on Phase 1 guidelines and local information at cityofLS.net/coronavirus.

Local Preparation and Coordination

Jackson County Phase 1 Recovery Plan

May 6, 2020

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. today is announcing phase one guidelines of the Jackson County Recovery Plan, which begins May 11 in alignment with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK and Johnson County, KS. The Jackson County Health Department, under the leadership of Director Bridgette Shaffer, MPH, has prepared the phased-approach recovery plan that is focused on protecting the health and safety of residents, while beginning a safe and sensible path to economic recovery for all of Jackson County.

Phase 1 Recovery Plan: Updated      Phase 1 Recovery Plan FAQs      Amended Executive Order

Jackson County Stay-At-Home Order Adjusted

May 1, 2020

Jackson County adjusted the expiration date of the stay-at-home order (initially set to expire on May 15) to May 10 at midnight. Jackson County is currently formulating reopening guidelines. Learn More

Jackson County Stay-At-Home Order Extended

On April 16, Jackson County extended the Stay-At-Home Order through May 15 to slow the spread of COVID-19. The county's previous stay-at-home order was set to expire on April 24. Public health officials anticipate the peak number of cases to occur near the end of April. Extending the order past the peak date will further reduce transmission of the virus.

Like the previous order, the new order requires people to stay at home except for doing essential activities, such as grocery shopping. Non-essential businesses will remain closed. Learn More

Statewide "Stay Home Missouri" Order

On April 16, Governor Parson extended the "Stay Home Missouri" Order until May 3. All guidelines in the order will remain the same.

On April 3, 2020, Governor Parson issued a statewide "Stay Home Missouri" order that will go into effect on April 6 and will remain in effect until April 25, 2020. Among other guidelines, the order requires the following:

  • Individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence.
  • All individuals in the state of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people.
  • All public and charter schools must remain closed for the duration of the order.
  • Any entity that does not employ individuals to perform essential worker functions, as set forth in guidance provided by the federal government, shall adhere to the limitations on social gatherings and social distancing.
  • Any entity that employs individuals to perform essential worker functions, and that is engaged in retail sales to the public, shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:
    • Twenty-five (25) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²);
    • Ten (10) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²) or more.

Extension Press Release      Stay Home Missouri Order      FAQs & Guidance

Jackson County Stay-At-Home Order

The City is under a Stay-At-Home Executive Order issued by Jackson County. The order, effective March 24 through April 24, requires individuals to stay at home except to obtain or provide essential services. Essential activities are those essential to a person's health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets). For example, to get food, care for a relative or friend, or get necessary health care. Learn more.

stay-at-home FAQs    Executive Order

The City's Response

The City is working with our public health partners to give guidance and ensure we have best practices in place for the entire community. 

On May 8, Mayor Baird issued a proclamation extending the City's state of emergency which was set to expire on May 15, through May 31.

On April 16, Mayor Baird issued a proclamation extending the City’s state of emergency through May 15 in response to COVID-19. The initial 30-day state of emergency declaration was set to expire April 16. Mayor Baird also issued a second proclamation to allow for the curbside sale of alcohol at certain businesses. This emergency order will be in effect through May 15. 

On March 17, Mayor Bill Baird issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. This 30-day declaration will help expedite emergency response efforts, allow the City to quickly procure needed resources and alter policies and processes in order to protect public health and safety.

The City closed all facilities to public access effective March 24 and is encouraging the use of online resources available on the City's website. Parks and hiking trails remain open.

Mayor Baird Addresses the Importance of Reopening Guidelines

May 1, 2020

Video Transcript

City Podcast: Moving Forward: Responding to COVID-19

April 24, 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

  • COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019. 
  • COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat or unexplained loss of taste or smell. COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death.
  • The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
  • There is no coronavirus vaccine yet. 

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.


The Center for Disease Control now recommends that people without symptoms wear cloth masks in public to reduce the risk of asymptomatic spread. A reasonable position would be to encourage wearing masks while emphasizing that it's social distancing and not just the mask that prevents spread from person to person.

Yes. We have learned that 25 percent of people infected do not show symptoms and could be spreading the virus. This is why following the stay-at-home order is so important. 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing - give 6 feet of space from others

Generally coronaviruses survive for shorter periods at higher temperatures and higher humidity than in cooler or dryer environments. However, we don’t have direct data for this virus, nor do we have direct data for a temperature-based cutoff for inactivation at this point. The necessary temperature would also be based on the materials of the surface, the environment, etc. Regardless of temperature please follow CDC’s guidance for cleaning and disinfection.

The United States Postal Service addressed question:

“The CDC, the World Health Organization, as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.

“Specifically, according to the World Health Organization, ‘the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.’”

But that doesn’t mean that social distancing rules should be ignored. The post office has modified its process with customer signatures during the pandemic:

“While maintaining a safe, appropriate distance, employees will request the customer’s first initial and last name so that the employee can enter the information on the electronic screen or hard copy items. ... For increased safety, employees will politely ask the customer to step back a safe distance or close the screen door/door so that they may leave the item in the mail receptacle or appropriate location by the customer door.”

Delivery services like UPS also have changed protocol:

“UPS’s Signature Required guidelines are temporarily being adjusted such that consignees will no longer need to sign for UPS Signature Required deliveries. Despite this adjusted process the driver will still need to make contact with the consignee. The consignee must, at the time of delivery, acknowledge that UPS is making a delivery and, if applicable, show government issued photo ID.”

Missouri hasissued an extension for drivers whose licenses expire while declarations of emergency remain in place.

In Missouri, anyone whose license expires between March 1 and April 30 will have an automatic 60 day extension to complete the renewal process.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has established a new deadline for Real ID: Oct. 21, 2021.