A day after the Jackson County Health Department issued a letter of non-compliance to Bass Pro Shops in Independence, the outdoors retail store remained open Tuesday as the two sides discussed the matter.


The store had remained open after the Jackson County executive order last week for all non-essential businesses to close as part of the stay-at-home public health initiative. The next step after Monday’s letter of non-compliance would have been for the sheriff’s office to step in, but Health Department spokesperson Kayla Parker said Tuesday the department was “working with Bass Pro.”


In a statement, the company said Tuesday it is “committed to complying fully with all laws and regulations with respect to operations, and we are working diligently to fully understand local guidance.”


That guidance, it says, varies from region to region with stores, and “We are currently having helpful conversations with Jackson County public health officials.”


The Independence store’s general manager confirmed Tuesday the location remained open and referred further questions to company headquarters.


Bass Pro said it has made several adjustments regarding public health, including same-day pick-up for online orders, reducing hours and limited access to 50 customers at a time and allowing employees to stay home if they choose.