Springfield Mayor Ken McClure announced that he is moving the city into Phase 2 of the “Road to Recovery” Saturday, allowing the new rules to be in place for Memorial Day weekend.
“Our decisions are made with a lot of thought, prayer, reflection, angst, and input,” Mayor McClure said. “We take pride in listening to a variety of opinions from diverse point of views. This is indeed a great city.”
Springfield-Greene County Health Director Clay Goddard agreed with the Mayor’s position on community feedback in his comments.
“We have continued to receive helpful and constructive feedback from the community,” Goddard said. “I want to thank the community for that feedback. It’s very important to us.”
The mayor announced Phase 2 of the plan will to into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.
“Today we are fulfilling our promise to open the economy a little further, while our sophisticated public health professionals and the medical experts they work with keep a very watchful eye on the repercussions,” McClure said.
McClure said that the major part of Phase 2 is that occupancy in businesses and venues is based on a percentage of the total permitted occupancy versus a fixed number of individuals.
Facilities with less than 10,000 square feet of space can have 25% occupancy based on a formula of total square feet divided by 30 and then multiplied by .25, and those over 10,000 square feet can have 10% of their occupancy based on the same formula.
The formula also applies to events that had been banned under the phase one order, including concerts, weddings, and funerals.
Churches and other houses of worship will now be able to expand their attendance since inside their facilities using the same formula.
Mayor McClure and city manager Jason Gage said that if the statistics continue to show the positive trend seen in the city, phase 3 would begin no later than June 15, which would include expanding capacity to 50 percent, resumption of contact sports, and the ability to hold sporting events in arenas and stadiums.
Goddard did warn the community that the speed of the economic reopening will depend on them as he looked at Phase 2 being implemented Saturday.
“This is going to take increasing corporate and individual responsibility as we move forward,” Goddard said. “That virus is not going anywhere. It’s going to continue to stalk us. It’s going to continue to make people sick until we have a vaccine or it infects about 60 to 70 percent of us.”
“We can’t afford to do the 60 to 70 percent because that overwhelms your ICUs and your healthcare systems,” Goddard continues. “So we have the physical distancing pieces, we have to do the hand hygiene, and most importantly, don’t go out if you’re sick!”
Here is the full recovery plan from the city:RoadtoRecoveryPlan