After hearing from hundreds of speakers and reading tens of thousands of written and transcribed comments since first passing an ordinance in July requiring face coverings in public spaces, Springfield City Council at its Oct. 5 meeting passed a new ordinance to extend the requirement through Jan. 9, 2021.
The new ordinance also raises the capacity of special events on public property from 25% to 50% of the occupancy limitation of the space, based on square footage of the area.
When will the face covering ordinance expire?
This ordinance is in effect and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 9 unless extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.
How will this ordinance be enforced?
Education will be the first step in enforcement. We will work to educate any violators of the ordinance before pursuing further action.
Failure to comply with this ordinance can result in a $100 fine for individuals, businesses, governments or non-profit entities. Each individual within or working for the entity is considered a separate violation.
How can violations be reported?
Violations of the face covering ordinance can be reported by emailing [email protected] or by calling 417-864-1010. If a customer at a business refuses to wear a face covering and is causing immediate danger to the businesses’ staff, please call 911.
What defines a face covering?
Face Covering means a device that covers the nose and mouth. A mask or face shield meets this requirement.
Does everyone have to wear a mask?
Under this ordinance, everyone over the age of 11 that is in the Springfield city limits will be required to wear a mask in the part of a public accommodation open to the public. There are exemptions for people who have a health condition that prevents wearing a mask. Exemptions are also made for people who are hearing impaired and people communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired. For more situations in which you should and should not wear a face mask, please refer to the questions below.
What are some examples of when to wear a face mask? Please note these are just a few examples and not a comprehensive list.
When should I not wear a face mask?
Springfield’s travel industry and business community are committed to ensuring a safe and clean environment for visitors. With that in mind, the city’s public places are opening, expanding services and accommodating more people in phases. You can find information about the current phase at https://bit.ly/SGFPhases.
At this time, most businesses and attractions are open and operating under protocols that ensure the health and safety of the public and employees. For information about those protocols and things you may need to know prior to your visit, go to www.SpringfieldMO.org/covid-19 where information is updated frequently.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau staff also is here to help make your trip to Springfield fun, memorable and safe. Please call 800-678-8767 or visit SpringfieldMO.org for more information.
Businesses are deep cleaning, employees are wearing face masks and everyone is doing what’s needed to ensure the health and safety of the public, including adhering to social distancing standards if 6 feet recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
America’s Incredible Pizza Co.
Phone Number: 417-501-0826
Tickets: Purchase at Incredible Pizza
Andy B’s Bowl Social
Phone Number: (417) 883-1234
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
Phone Number: (417) 887-7334
Phone Number: (417) 883-7777 (shopping line) or (417) 883-4111 (center management)
Dickerson Park Zoo
Phone Number: (417) 833-1570
Tickets: Purchase at Dickerson Park Zoo
Masks: Encouraged but not required as most attractions are outside.
Phone Number: (417) 833-2010
Tickets: Purchase at Fantastic Caverns
Note: Peak visitation occurs daily between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; guests might consider visiting before or after those hours to limit contact with other patrons.
History Museum on the Square
Phone Number: (417) 831-1976
Tickets: Purchase at The History Museum on the Square
Notes: The museum will limit capacity to 150 guests at a time to comply with the City of Springfield’s Road to Recovery Plan.
Itty Bitty City
Phone Number: 417-202-2025
Tickets: Purchase at Itty Bitty City
Missouri Institute of Natural Science
Phone Number: (417) 883-0594
Route 66 Car Museum
Phone Number: (417) 861-8004
Tickets: Purchase at Route 66 Car Museum
Route 66 Springfield Visitors Center
Phone Number: 417-881-5300
Note: Closed until July 1. Guests can ring the doorbell for assistance and, weather permitting, a rack with visitors guides is available outside during business hours.
Springfield Art Museum
Phone Number: (417) 837-5700
Note: Reopens June 9. Not all exhibits are open and patrons are limited to 40 inside at any time.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
Masks: Encouraged but not required
Note: Open for recreational access only. Tour road fees are waived. Visitor center, museum, bookstore and library remain closed.
Smallin Civil War Cave
Phone Number: (417) 551-4545
Tickets: Purchase at the cave
Silver Dollar City
Phone Number: (800) 888-7277
Tickets: Tickets must be reserved in advance at silverdollarcity.com
The Trolley Bike
Phone Number: (417) 200-4415
Tickets: Tickets/bikes need to be reserved in advanced at https://thetrolleybike.com/pricing-event-planning-springfield-mo/
Masks: Encouraged but not required
Wild Animal Safari
Phone Number: (417) 859-5300
Tickets: Purchase in person or at animalsafari.com/MO/buy-tickets
Wonders of Wildlife
Phone Number: (888) 222-6060
Tickets: Tickets must be purchased in advance at wondersofwildlife.org/tickets/
Closed until further notice:
Restaurants must limit the number of customers as required by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Self-service buffets and counter seating are prohibited. We recommend you call ahead of your visit to get an idea of capacity limits, the menu and updated hours. Entertainment venues can open using the occupancy limits and guidelines from the CDC.
Hotels in Springfield are making the appropriate changes to keep guests and employees as safe as possible. Those who wish to swim in pools can as long as the 50 percent limit is in place.
For groups, occupancy allowances are determined by measuring the space where the activity is to occur divided by 30 and multiply that by 50 percent. The solution to that formula will let you know how many people can be in that space at one time. Example: 2,500 total square feet / 30 X .50 = 41 people.
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