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 the 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.
In addition to an extension, the new order also adds some clarifying language around essential business and activities, including, but not limited to:
- Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
- Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending.
- Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
- Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only.
- Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 20, 2020 using this form.
Jackson County Stay-At-Home Order Issued
The City of Lee's Summit is now 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. The intent of the order is to protect our loved ones, friends, neighbors and the community from the spread of COVID-19.
Residents can go outside to walk, run, bike, hike or just to get fresh air. Everyone must practice social distancing (giving six feet between others) and refrain from gatherings of 10 or more persons. Vulnerable populations including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions must stay at home.
Is this mandatory or just guidance?
It is mandatory. All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the order. The order provides provisions for enforcement by the sheriff with local police assistance. The Lee's Summit Police Department is encouraging voluntary compliance by advising possible violators of the provisions of the order without enforcement actions. Enforcement through the Sheriff's Department, with local assistance, is only anticipated for repeated violations that endanger the public welfare.
Questions Regarding the Order
Questions are best answered by Jackson County as the authority having jurisdiction over the order. This is to provide consistency in response to questions and concerns, and to avoid providing advice that may conflict with another jurisdiction.
Jackson County's Stay-At-Home FAQs provide clarity on the order and help define what is essential and non-essential.
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