There have been many recent postponements and cancellations of events and governmental services as a result of the coronavirus emergency. This is an ongoing process and additional changes can be expected.


City of Independence changes:


• There is an up-to-date list of changes in City of Independence services, closures and cancellations at indep.us/coronavirus


• The Police Department is encouraging citizens to report certain types of incidents over the phone instead of utilizing critical emergency resources to respond to their location. When requesting police services, please continue to call 911 for emergencies and 816-836-3600 for non-emergencies and past occurred incidents.


• The Fire Department will attempt to obtain additional information when a 911 call is received. The Department will be reducing some non-essential activities that require crews to leave their stations. Citizens should continue to call 911 for emergencies and 816-836-3600 for non-emergencies.


• The City of Independence Municipal Court will be closed during the weeks of March 16 and March 23. The court clerks will continue to take payments at the windows. Check the website to get new court dates: https://www.municipalrecordsearch.com/independencemo


• City of Independence Utility bill payments: Customers may continue to make payment at the drive through or cashier windows at the Independence Utilities Center. However, customers are encouraged to pay utility bills via the City’s website (Indep.us/utilitybillpayment) or over the phone at 816-325-SERV. All credit card and online transaction fees are waived until further notice. There will be no utility shut offs until further notice.


• City of Independence Health Code/Environmental/Fire Inspections will continue. However, if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Jackson County departments will suspend in-person contact with individuals and evaluate the suspension of inspections.


• City of Independence food handler and manager classes will continue normal operations. The staff will clean the area after each class. Once there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jackson County, these classes will be suspended.


• The Regional Animal Shelter will continue adoptions of animals but this will be by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 816-325-7207.


Community Center Changes:


• In Independence: The Palmer Center, Truman Memorial Building, Sermon Community Center, George Owens Nature Center, National Frontier Trails Museum and Uptown Market are closed beginning Sunday, March 15, until further notice. All events beginning March 15 are canceled or postponed. Patrons will receive credits for future classes or refunds for canceled classes. Further, the Fairmont Community Center has canceled the St. Patrick’s Day party on Tuesday, March 17. Regular meals and other events are still scheduled. NOTE: The Special Population Dance scheduled for this weekend is also canceled.


• The City of Independence and the Mid-America Regional Council will work together to provide meals for those who have signed up for the onsite lunch program at Palmer Senior Center for the remainder of March.


Circuit Courts of Jackson County, Missouri:


• From March 16-27, the selection of juries has been canceled.


• Multiple other changes regarding cases scheduled for the weeks of March 16 and March 27 have been ordered. The full order explaining these changes is available at https://www.16thcircuit.org/


City of Blue Springs changes:


• Blue Springs Municipal Court has postponed all dockets scheduled March 16 through March 27. The court will remain staffed and open for normal business. Prisoner arraignments will continue via video conferencing.


• Vesper Hall will be closed beginning March 16 for a period of 21 days.


•The Blue Springs Fieldhouse will remain open but large events will be suspended. Members who wish to suspend their membership for the month of April will be allowed to do so with no penalty. Call 816-228-0137 for more information.


• City Hall will operate normal business hours.


Library Changes:


• The Kansas City Public Library has suspended all group activities and events from March 13 through March 31. The library has suspended all Books to Go, Lobby Stop, and Homebound Book delivery until further notice. Library event spaces and meeting rooms will not be available for booking by the public until, at least, march 31.The library is open for non-event/activity.


• The Mid-Continent Public Library has canceled all programs and all room reservations. Further, due dates on items which are currently checked out from the library have been extended to April 15. The branches remain open and the library is increasing its cleaning and sanitizing efforts.


Colleges and University Changes:


• UMKC in-person classes have been suspended. Classes will resume and transfer to online format on March 16 at their normal times.


• Metropolitan Community Colleges will be closed through March 22, on an extended spring break.


• Graceland University classes, including classes at the Independence campus, have been moved to an online format through March 29.


• Avila University will be on spring break through March 26 and classes will resume in an online format on March 27.


Attractions:


• The World War I Museum and Memorial has canceled all events through April 2.


• The Kansas City Zoo’s St. Patrick’s Day animal parade, leprechaun meet and greet, and Irish dancers at the Kansas City Zoo. The zoo, however, remains open.


• Missouri Town 1855 has canceled the Day of Song and Dance scheduled for March 14.


• Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has cancelled all events, including the Heritage Philharmonic: Anniversary Concert, previously scheduled for March 15.


Churches:


The Oakland United Methodist Church, 30701 E. Truman Road, has canceled its annual chili day which was scheduled for March 14.


The Ascension Lutheran Church, 4900 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, has canceled the self-defense class and luncheon for seniors which was scheduled for March 14.


“Art & Soul: Creativity as Spiritual Practice,” a retreat at the Independence, Missouri, Community of Christ Temple, has been canceled.