While the battle against COVID-19 is not over, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The next few months could be challenging, but we’re encouraged as we move toward the recovery phase. At the City of Republic, we are excited about the Governor’s guidance this past Monday for a phased approach for our businesses to reopen, for citizens to return to work, and for a semblance of normalcy to return to our daily lives. We’re entering the next phase of the journey with cautious optimism as we seek to balance the well-being of our citizens with the health of our businesses and local economy.
This evening, the Mayor and City Council approved Resolution 20-R-09, which provides guidance for a phased approach for moving forward over the next thirty days.
View the entire resolution here: https://www.republicmo.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04302020-417
SAFETY FOR CITIZENS
As we move forward, we must continue to be mindful of health and safety and that the threat still exists. With this, we understand there may be new “norms” for the time being, and until the threat has passed. We encourage our citizens to continue to consider taking the voluntary precautionary steps the CDC has provided such as:
Using protective masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Staying home if you’re feeling sick, and contact your physician.
Avoiding touching other people.
Keeping the course with handwashing and other sanitation practices.
Limiting proximity to others while shopping, working, and taking part in recreational and social activities.
Continuing to avoid large gatherings of people when possible. You may attend events such as funerals, weddings, graduations, etc. as long as social distancing is maintained.
Limiting travel when possible
SAFETY FOR BUSINESSES
While we encourage citizens to do their part to protect themselves, we are calling on businesses to do their part in keeping their patrons and employees safe by following these recommendations:
Businesses providing one-on-one services in close contact with customers should implement practices to limit the transmission of pathogens. This includes employees being provided with face masks or shields, eye protection, and gloves.
Implement a schedule of stringent cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization practices
- In an effort to reduce gatherings in areas such as waiting rooms, businesses should make use of scheduled appointment-setting. This would apply to entities such as restaurants, salons, barbershops, nail salons, chiropractic offices, massage parlors, dentist offices, etc.
Furthermore, during the graduated reopening process, businesses shall follow the guidelines outlined in Resolution 20-R-09:
In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every person and business in the City shall abide by social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals. This does not apply to family members or individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet. Individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19. This provision shall apply in all situations, including, but not limited to, when customers are standing in line or individuals are using shared indoor or outdoor spaces.
In accordance with the guidelines from the President, the CDC, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance or in end-of-life circumstances. Elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19.
Any entity that employs individuals that is engaged in retail sales to the public, shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:
(1) Twenty-five percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft2);
(2) Ten percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft2) or more.
Per Governor Parson’s order, schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. However, nothing in this Resolution prohibits school teachers, school staff, students, and parents from reentering school buildings in order to work, retrieve personal belongings, or return school property as long as limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to. Notwithstanding section 2 of this Exhibit, nothing contained herein shall prohibit daycares, child care providers, or schools from providing child care in accordance with CDC guidelines. Further, this does not prohibit schools from providing Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify.
- Restaurants may offer dining-in services, provided that the limitations on social distancing and other precautionary public health measures, including proper spacing of at least six feet between tables, lack of communal seating areas to parties that are not connected, and having no more than ten people at a single table, are properly adhered to. The continued use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is encouraged throughout the duration of this Resolution.
This Resolution does not prohibit or restrict the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transportation, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during the declared state of emergency, subject to the provisions set forth herein.
- Businesses in the City are allowed to use outdoor space, including parking areas they are authorized to use, which are directly connected to the business to conduct business lawfully permitted for the business without that outdoor space being counted towards the maximum allowable square feet in the Resolution so long as the required social distancing requirements contained herein are met and appropriate safety measures are taken to ensure the safety of the public in the outdoor space.
- All publicly accessible locations not specified in item 3 above shall limit the number of individuals present in such publicly accessible location to only those who can safely maintain the social distancing requirements set forth herein and shall not exceed fifty percent of the location’s authorized fire or building code occupancy.
Gatherings of more than twenty (20) individuals for non-business purposes is discouraged in the City.
As a community, we are getting through this together. We will continue growing together, and look forward to becoming stronger than ever before.
For questions regarding these guidelines, or to report a concern, you may contact Chuck Montag in the Community Development Department, at 417-732-3175 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries, contact Michael Landis, Public Information Officer, at 417-380-7697 and email@example.com.