The City of Springfield and the Greene County Commission have issued “Stay at Home” orders in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 that will go into effect on Thursday, March 26, at 12:01 a.m..
The ordinances will require all “non-essential” businesses to close for the next 30 days. Residents will also be restricted to “essential activities” during the same time period.
Mayor Ken McClure announced a “stay at home” order effective Thursday morning and will expire in 30 days. It requires Springfield residents to stay home except for essential activities.
“It is my belief that the stay at home order is the right thing to do right now,” Mayor McClure said at a press conference. “We must stay the course and we must follow the direction of our respected health director and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.”
The list of “essential activities” includes: engaging in activities or tasks essential to their health or safety and that of their family; obtaining necessary supplies or services for themselves and their household; engaging in physical activity for health reasons outside while maintaining physical distancing requirements; work providing essential services at an essential business; care for a family member, close acquaintance, or pet in another household.
The detailed list of essential businesses are listed in this story in the “Civil Emergency Order.”
Greene County also issued a measure that is in line with the actions taken by the City of Springfield.
“We clearly want to do everything we can to keep citizens healthy and safe during this time and the Commission, along with City and local health care leaders, believe this is the best step in achieving that,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said in a statement. “We are asking that everyone adhere to this Order, as we are all in this together and only through working together will we be able to minimize the impact of this virus on our community.”
Christian County will be voting Wednesday on a similar measure.