On Monday, Jackson County entered into Phase 1 of its recovery plan under which businesses and activities can reopen to some extent.


MAY 11 REOPENING GUIDELINES


• Essential businesses may remain open but must have a written plan to maintain social distancing and preventive practices such as hand-washing, the use of masks in public and staying home when sick.


• Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, massage facilities, retail stores, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses may reopen, subject to limitations regarding the number of persons allowed inside at any one time.


• Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and massage facilities may be open by appointment only.


• Although restaurants are allowed to offer a limited number of tables for dine-in service, they are encouraged to provide pickup and curbside services.


• “Large gatherings” are defined as church events, funerals and weddings. These events are limited to 10 people inside one facility at a time. Drive-in events are also allowed so long as social distancing and preventive practices are maintained.


• Gyms, fitness centers, sports courts, and outdoor playgrounds must remain closed.


Further information regarding the reopening of local businesses can be found at bit.ly/2zcMrJ0 and indep.us/covidjacoreopening.


JACKSON COUNTY SERVICES AND GOVERNMENT


• Coronavirus testing is being offered at the Truman Medical Centers campuses at Lakewood and Hospital Hill from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Pop-up testing sites will also occur throughout the community. Tests will be free to persons without health insurance, and there will be no copay charged to persons who do have insurance. Call 816-404-2273 before going to a testing site.


• Food pantries, food banks, school meal programs, diaper banks, and other emergency services are listed at the Missouri Services Navigator site: https://mo.servicesnavigator.org/s4s/WhereILive/Council?pageId=1&lockla=true


Listings of local food pantries and services can also be found at https://www.jacksongov.org/1187/Jackson-County-COVID-19-Resource-and-Rec and at http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/COVID19/NeedHelp


• The United Way of Greater Kansas City is also available to refer persons in need of assistance to appropriate agencies. Dial 211 or visit 211kc.org to reach the United Way.


• Jackson County Parks + Rec has canceled all workshops, leagues and field trips through June. Parks, trails and boat ramps remain open to the public, though social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet between individuals) is required. If you want to hike or bike, check out https://www.makeyourdayhere.com/168/Trails for a list of area trails. In addition, The Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Fort Osage, park campgrounds, and Missouri Town will reopen May 16, subject to COVID-19 rules. No events are scheduled at the parks until July.


• Jacomo Summer Camp has been canceled for 2020.


• The 16th Judicial Circuit Court, with courthouses in Kansas City and Independence, remains under an emergency order of the Missouri Supreme Court. As of May 18, the court will move into Phase 1. Hearings will continue to be held by computer or other means as approved by the Judge involved. Anyone going into the courthouse will be subject to a temperature scan and a thermal camera screening.


All jury trials scheduled through July 5 have been continued and will be rescheduled. No jurors will be impaneled until July.


Court offices continue to be manned. A list of phone numbers of court clerks, the prosecuting attorney, and other pertinent officers are listed in the Court’s order which can be viewed by visiting 16thcircuit.org and looking under the “Public and Legal Notices.”


• Mid-Continent Public Library is closed. However, books may be dropped off at library branches. As of May 18, curbside pick up of books and other physical materials will be available after customers have placed the materials “on hold” by phone or online. In addition, multiple library services are available online. Visit mymcpl.org and click on “Virtual Branch” where you will be able to read virtual comics, listen to audiobooks, read newspapers and magazines, and access multiple movies and educational videos. In addition, live programs are being offered by the library via Facebook. A listing of these events can be found at mymcpl.org/events/virtual-events.


• Regular restaurant inspections in Jackson County, outside of Independence and Kansas City, are not now being performed, but inspections will be conducted in response to citizen complaints. To make a complaint about a restaurant in Jackson County (outside of Kansas City and independence), call 816-404-9883 or visit the county website at jacksongov.org and type in “complaint about restaurant” in the search line.


INDEPENDENCE


• Independence Municipal Court has postponed all cases until further notice. Court clerks will be available by phone and payments on tickets may be made by U.S. mail or left in the drop box which is embedded on the wall outside to the left of the lower level doors at City Hall. (No cash payments will be accepted.) To check on your case, visit municipalrecordsearch.com/independencemo.


• Regular restaurant inspections in Independence have not occurred during the “stay-at-home” order. Now that restaurants are allowed to reopen, these inspections are expected to resume. In the meantime, citizens may make specific complaints regarding Independence restaurants by calling (816) 325-7803.


• The Independence Utility Center remains closed. Citizens are asked to pay their utility bills in one of the following ways: (1) using the website, https://www.ci.independence.mo.us/, (2) by the automated phone system at (816) 325-SERV, or (3) by using the drop box at City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave., or the drop box at the Independence Utility Center, 17221 E. 23rd St. S. Payments placed in the drop boxes should be made via check or money order. All credit card and online transaction fees are waived until further notice.


• The Independence Fire Department is restricting public access to fire stations and is restricting non-essential activities that require crews to leave their stations. Call 911 for emergencies and 816-836-3600 for non-emergency issues.


• The Independence Police Department has closed the lobby of the Central Police Headquarters at 223 N. Memorial Drive. A telephone is there, available to make police reports and to speak with police personnel. Fingerprinting and Watch Guard Security licensing renewals have been extended through June and will not be renewed without further notice. Citizens are asked to call 911 for emergencies but to call 816-836-3600 for non-emergency events.


* Water non-payment shut-offs in Independence have been suspended during the emergency.


• Independence building permits (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and roofing) will be completed via the website at indep.us/permitportal.


• Independence business licenses should be renewed via the website at indep.us/businesslicenses.


• Senior Centers and historic sites, including the Palmer Senior Center, Truman Memorial Building, Sermon Community Center, and National Frontier Trails Museum remain closed.


• City parks, including George Owens Nature Park, continue to allow use of the park areas but all bathrooms, shelters, and other buildings are closed. It is hoped that programs at the parks can begin again on or about July 1.


• The Farmer’s Market on the square remains closed.


• Independence Athletic Complex and Crysler Stadium remain closed.


• Adventure oasis Water Park is closed for the 2020 season.


• The Regional Animal Shelter is closed to the public until May 15. Call 816-325-7207 for assistance and information.


BLUE SPRINGS


• Blue Springs city government phones will be answered. Call 816-228-0110. The website at www.bluesprings.com also lists specific phone numbers for city offices.


• Blue Springs buildings that are now closed to the public include City Hall, the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building at 1100 S.W. Smith St., Vesper Hall at 400 N.W. Vesper St., The Fieldhouse at 425 N.E. Mock Ave., and the Public Works Operations building at 500 S.E. Sunnyside School Road.


•The Blue Springs Municipal Court is closed to the public. All May cases have been postponed. Phones at the court will be answered between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 816-228-0175. Parties and attorneys have been notified regarding these cases.


•The Blue Springs police request that non-emergency calls be directed to 816-228-0151


• All playground equipment and outdoor sports courts will remain closed.


• City Parks are partially open, but the dog park, park shelters, picnic areas, basketball courts, tennis courts, pools and rock walls are closed. Adams Pointe Golf Course is open, but players are required to adhere to specific rules as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Check .https://www.adamspointegolfclub.com/ for a list of the rules now in place.


• Blue Springs building inspections and permits will be handled via mail, electronically, by the Citizens Self Service Portal, or by dropping off documents at City Hall.


• Water non-payment shut-offs in Blue Springs have been suspended during the emergency.