Springfield, Greene County Officials Amend Stay at Home Orders

The Stay at Home orders by the City of Springfield and Greene County have been amended to bring them in line with Governor Mike Parson’s statewide order.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure announced that the city and county will enforce occupancy orders for essential businesses that remain open for retail.

While the city’s list of essential businesses remains the same, the following changes have been put into place:

Any Essential Business, as defined in the City Order, that is engaged in retail sales to the public shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:

  • The result of the total square feet of the building at the retail location divided by 30
  • Times twenty-five (25) percent for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft2);
  • Times ten (10) percent  for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft2) or more.

The city also reiterated clarifications from last week on essential businesses related to guns and cars:

  • Due to state law, the sale of guns and ammunition cannot be regulated by a locality. The rule applies only to firearms, not archery or fishing. An amendment has been made to the city order that allows firearm repair.
  • State law requires car dealers to be open 4 days a week and 20 hours per week to maintain their dealer license. The city asked the state about whether that will be waived during the stay at home order but the state has not responded, so car dealers will be allowed to stay open to meet those minimum requirements until the state says otherwise.
  • Pawn shops may stay open only for gun related transactions.

“We are simply asking our entire community to stay the course,” Mayor McClure said at a press conference. “To do your part in helping to stop the spread of this virus. It is a virus fueled by the connection of people, often unsuspecting people who do not know they have been infected until it’s too late.”

Commissioner Bob Dixon responded to a question related to the outcry of a minority in the community that the actions being taken are unConstitutional and violation of law.

“I would point to public health law, most recently in the cases of polio and tuberculosis,” Dixon said. “Much of that public health law was imported into Missouri statutes from English common law. Anyone who, like any public official, who has taken an oath to uphold both the U.S. Constitution and the Missouri Constitution…must uphold that entire thing and respect the courts that it also establishes and respect the body of case law for everyone to look at regarding public health law.”

“If we all do our jobs well,” Dixon added, “Everyone will be around and free to criticize us when this is all over.”

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