City actions, along with key messages from public health officials are posted here. Our COVID-19 Updates page offers a running tally of the city's response to date.
Proclamation of Emergency
On March 3, 2020, The Mayor signed a proclamation of emergency that allows the city to act quickly should the outbreak spread to residents here.
City Hall: Closed to public access, see below for changes in service delivery methods.
Police and Fire Facilities
Police lobby in City Hall: Through March 31 (can report crime online, phone 911 for emergency, or call the department office number for information.)
Parks Facilities and Community Centers
All playgrounds, sport courts and ballfields: Until further notice - details
Please note: This page will be updated with factual information as it becomes available. The date in parentheses is when the question or rumor was reported to the City.
Q: Why has a Shelter in Place Order not been issued?
A: Many areas of the country have issued Shelter in Place Orders. The County Health Department, County Commission, and the Unified County Emergency Operation Team have discussed the desire of some residents in the County for a Shelter in Place Order. All agencies are focusing on educating citizens on the need to stay home when possible, to practice social distancing, and to follow the Orders issued by Missouri Governor.
Q: Is the Bill Emerson Bridge closing to traffic?
A: There is no plan to close the bridge at this time. The stay at home order from the Gov. has not changed this; the bridge remains open. (March 18, March 20)
Q: Is MoDOT closing interstates, stopping projects or closing rest areas?
A: No, not at this time. (March 20)
Q: Is Missouri WIC closing?
A: WIC is still open and operating normally. If there are any changes to normal operations, WIC participants will be notified by their local agency. (March 20)
Q: Is the city going on lockdown in the next 48 hours, or has an 8 p.m. curfew been established?
A: No - city government has not enacted any curfew or "lockdown", however we do encourage effective social distancing. (March 20)
Q: Grocery stores in the city are closing?
A: Due to supply chain issues and required thorough cleaning procedures, several stores have voluntarily reduced their hours but remain open. Some have instituted special shopping hours for the elderly. Check with stores for hours updates. (March 19)
Q: Why can't you disinfect the City with the mosquito spray trucks?
A: The best means of keeping you and your family safe is through hand washing and cleaning surfaces you touch frequently, as well as social distancing / staying home. (March 18)