COVID-19 Updates

Read the latest updates regarding COVID-19.

Springfield’s travel industry is committed to ensuring a safe and clean environment for visitors.

The city’s businesses and public places are opening in phases and have just entered phase two.

During this phase that ends June 14, the maximum number of people allowed in a facility is limited to 35 or the result of the total square feet of the facility divided by 30 times 25 percent, or 25 percent of total occupancy of fixed seating, whichever is greater, and the maximum number of people allowed in an outdoors space is limited to 35 or the result of the total square feet of the space divided by 30 times 25 percent, whichever is greater. Below are more details.

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.

Attractions

Many of the city’s attractions are open with enhanced operating procedures but it’s still a good idea to call or check websites before your visit to make sure the facility can accommodate you. Click the links below for examples of what attractions are doing to ensure your safety and the cleanliness of the facilities.

That’s just a small sample of attractions in the city and what’s being done to make sure your visit is safe.

Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs, Breweries and Wineries

Restaurants must limit the number of customers as described above. Self-service buffets and counter seating are currently prohibited. If you’re not sure what restaurants are open, call ahead of time to get an idea of capacity limits, the menu and updated hours.

Hotels

Many hotels in Springfield are making the appropriate changes to keep guests and employees as safe as possible. Hotel capacity and other safety standards and requirements are currently under phase 2. 

  • Religious services, conferences, attractions, and other enhanced risk activities will be allowed to accommodate a larger group of people with additional safety parameters that should be followed.
  • Occupancy allowances are determined by measuring the space where the activity is to occur divided by 30 and multiply that by 25 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 .25 =  20 people.
  • Those who wish to swim in pools can as long as the 25 percent limit is in place. Entertainment venues can open using the occupancy limits and guidelines from the CDC.

Physical distancing of 6 feet will continue in all areas and food service must limit the number of customers. There will be no self-service buffets. When physical distancing is not feasible; employees are encouraged to use cloth face coverings.

Road to Recovery Plan

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and city officials have developed a Road to Recovery plan that outlines reopening policies through Phase 4.

For businesses

These guidelines from the Springfield Greene-County Health Department and other health experts will assist the local business community in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While this guidance covers general business guidance, there are more guides available for different sectors, such as childcare, restaurants, gyms or personal services. In some cases, the order itself might have specific requirements of different sectors. 

Businesses need to read and understand the updated requirements of the Civil Emergency Order to continue or resume operations subject to the provisions of the Order.

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For case contacts

What does it mean to quarantine?

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While under quarantine, you must remain at home so you will not spread COVID-19 to other people.

  • You must not leave your property boundaries if you live in a house.
  • You must not leave your apartment if you live in an apartment complex. Do not go for a walk, etc.
  • You must not go to work, school, grocery stores, gyms, etc. and you should wear a facemask if you must be around family or roommates.

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For childcare centers

Childcare centers and day camps serve a vitally important function in allowing parents to continue or go back to work, which has significant public health and social benefits. The following guidelines are based on taken from recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services-Section for Child Care Regulation.

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For dental care

The dental healthcare practice poses increased risk to transmit COVID-19 due to the nature of producing aerosols during procedures. Guidelines for treating patients has been published by the Missouri COVID-19 Dental Task Force. These guidelines along with those from CDC and OSHA should be used when treating patients during this current phase. 

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For faith-based groups

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The guidance provided is intended for religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and places of worship. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the CDC, to help communities of faith continue their mission while keeping their staff and congregations safe, and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Communities of faith have an essential role in communicating clearly about actions being taken to protect the health of their congregants and staff.

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For farmers' markets

COVID-19 has brought many changes to our community, including the operation of farmers’ markets. The following are recommendations as the markets return to a new normal. 

  • Vendors should stay home if they are sick and remind customers on social media sites to stay home if they are sick

Drive-thru Farmers’ Markets

  • If logistically possible, the drive-thru mode of operation is the best option to reduce potential spread of disease at this time
  • Post signs to indicate the correct direction of traffic and use a one-way traffic flow
  • Space vendor stands more than 6 feet apart

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For food establishments

These guidelines will assist the local restaurant and food service community in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is necessary for food service establishments to read and understand the updated requirements of the Civil Emergency Order to continue or resume operations subject to the provisions of the Order.    

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For group gatherings

These guidelines will assist businesses and other entities in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19; while offering activities that enhance the risk of the spread of communicable disease.  Group gatherings, by their nature, bring groups of people together to share the same space, indoors or outdoors, in close physical proximity to one another for a period of time, which enhance the risk of the spread of the disease.  Enhanced risk activities/gatherings include, but are not limited to:

  • Entertainment, movies, concerts and other live performances, dancing, arcades, gaming, bowling, and billiards and pool;
  • Exhibitions and museums;
  • Fitness classes and other non-contact classes/instruction (call-out and link to recreation page)
  • Sports courts/fields for non-contact sports, playgrounds, and pools;
  • Conferences, and seminars;
  • Bars, nightclubs, and brewery tap rooms

Individuals who are currently ill or who are at high-risk for COVID-19 should stay home and are encouraged to watch or participate through virtual means.

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For higher education

Prevention 

  • Social distancing 
  • Regular cleaning 
  • Desk cleaning between classes 
  • Avoid large gatherings/group activities 
  • Handwashing stations/sanitizer stations in buildings 
  • Virtual learning where possible  

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For K-12

School closures:

As of April 9th, schools in Missouri are closed through the end of the 2019/2020 school year. Click here for more information

Prevention  

  • Encourage staff and students to stay home when sick.   
  • Remind children and staff to appropriately cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Keep sick students and staff separate from well students and staff until sick students and staff can be sent home. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

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For lodging establishments

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These guidelines will assist local lodging establishments in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

General Guidance

  • Post signs to encourage the use of hand sanitizer or hand washing upon entering the facility for both customers and employees.  Make sure soap and paper towels are available.
  • Screen employees for symptoms prior to their shift.
  • Prepare for staff absences.  If possible, cross-train staff.
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 feet in all areas.
  • Food service must limit the number of customers to the following standards based on the food service dining area. To calculate occupancy for the order, review the calculation outlined in the Order.
  • Post signs to encourage the use of hand sanitizer or hand washing.
  • Dining for both indoor and outdoor should not exceed 25 percent of the occupancy.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between tables for both indoor and outdoor dining.
  • No self-service buffets.
  • No counter or bar seating.
  • Use single service condiments (e.g. sugar, ketchup, creamer, salt) and utensils.
  • Offer grab and go options (place order from room and pick up at designated location).

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For long-term care facilities

In an effort to continue to decrease the spread of COVID-19, guidelines for long-term care, assisted living, and independent living should continue to follow recommendations that restrict entry to only those who need it as stated in Governor Parson’s orders on April 27, 2020 (Governor Parson - Economic Reopening Phase 1).

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For parents

Prevention

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Teach children to appropriately cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.  
  • If your child is sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider.   

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For personal care services

Due to the nature and risks that are posed by personal care services to transmit COVID-19, additional health and safety measures are needed. Personal care services include, but are not limited to, barbershops, hair & nail salons, spas, tanning salons, waxing & threading salons, body-art & piercing studios, massage therapy, pet groomers, auto detailing and gyms/fitness studios. These guidelines will continue to assist the business community to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

Businesses need to read and understand the updated requirements of the Civil Emergency Order to continue or resume operations subject to the provisions of the Order. 

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For pools

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These guidelines will assist pool operators in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as reopening occurs. There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread directly to humans from water in pools, hot tubs or spas, or water play areas. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should kill the virus that causes COVID-19. It is important for individuals, as well as owners and operators, of these facilities to take steps to ensure health and safety.

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For recreation, fitness, & gyms

These guidelines will assist gyms and fitness centers in continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Gyms need to read and understand the updated requirements of the Civil Emergency Order to continue or resume operations subject to the provisions of the Order.  

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CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again

This document briefly summarizes CDC’s initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19.

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News You Can Use: Reopening Guidance

As the region begins reopening businesses and moving the economy into recovery mode, the Convention & Visitors Bureau will continue providing useful information for the leisure and hospitality industry. If you find articles that would be useful to others, please send links to them to Susan Wade at [email protected]

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