Springfield Mayor Amends Civil Emergency Order to Allow Public Gatherings

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure amended the Fourth Proclaimation of Civil Emergency to allow public events that require a special events permit which will follow the same occupancy restrictions as businesses, churches, and other groups.

The change is effective Friday June 5, 2020.

“Public safety is our top concern,” Mayor Ken McClure said in a statement. “After consulting with Director of Public Health Clay Goddard, we feel the time has come to allow people to publicly gather in a safe manner using the occupancy restrictions that are in place for businesses, churches and other groups. We are learning new ways as a community to co-exist with COVID-19 and are communicating with various community groups how to evaluate and mitigate the risks involved.”

All proposed events that require a special event permit and/or amplified sound permit must have an approved “risk mitigation plan” to reduce the threat of the virus that causes COVID-19. Those plans must include:

  • describing the measures that will be put into place to ensure CDC guidelines for physical distancing of people at least 6 feet apart;
  • describing the measures that will be put into place to ensure CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing any public spaces;
  • providing a complete list of all people working or volunteering, and to the largest extent possible, attending the event, to include name, phone number and county of residence within 24 hours of the event’s conclusion.

“I want to reiterate that personal responsibility is key as we continue to open our community,” McClure said. “We should all remember that we need to interact with our environment carefully. If someone is sick or thinks they may be sick, they should stay home.” 

Those interested in applying for a special event permit may apply online at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/specialeventpermits or call 417-864-1105.

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