Frequently Asked Questions
Current Health Order (2020-12) FAQ
This order is an extension of the previous order. All guidelines from Public Health Order 2020-11 are still in place.
This order is effective beginning at 12 a.m. on Oct. 7, 2020.
This order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2020, unless extended, rescinded or modified prior to such expiration.
Restaurants and bars serving alcohol shall close no later than 10:30 p.m. Restaurants that do not serve alcohol are not required to close at 10:30 p.m. Restaurants and bars serving alcohol may conduct curbside pickup and delivery of food items after 10:30 p.m. All such venues are permitted to operate with no occupancy limitations; provided, however, groups of patrons shall be limited to a maximum of ten (10) persons per table and social distancing requirements between tables/groups of patrons are observed.
With the exception of carry-out services, there shall be no standing bar, counter or buffet service. All patrons are required to be seated at all times when not entering/exiting the business or visiting a restroom. A face mask must be worn any time patrons are not seated.
Entertainment venues are required to close at 10:30 p.m. Entertainment venues can continue to operate with 100 people or less, provided and the operational plan has been submitted to PHHS. In addition, they must meet the following requirements:
- Dance floors at entertainment venues shall be closed for dancing. Owners may repurpose the dance floor for table seating or other authorized uses if approved by PHHS in an Operational Plan.
- All food and beverage at an entertainment venue must be consumed while seated.
- Table seating shall be limited to a maximum of ten (10) people per table. Tables must be socially distanced.
- Any person at an entertainment venue who is not seated must comply with Face Mask Requirements
All public and private gatherings not described within this order are limited to 20 people or less. Social distancing and face mask requirements must be observed at all gatherings. Any large group gathering or event held at a business or institution open to the public is limited to 50% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is less. This includes events in hotels, conference/event centers, places of worship, etc.
No, spectators at sporting events are still limited to 100 individuals. Additionally, all athletes in sporting events must maintain stable groups of 50 individuals.
If an event is planned that is not held within a place of business or institution open to the public, then the number of attendees is limited to 20 individuals. Some examples would include neighborhood block parties, fundraising events, or other social gatherings that are not held on event center property or place of business that typically holds social events.
An Operational Plan describes the nature of the activity and outlines how the entity will meet social distancing requirements, disinfect high touch areas, collect information for contact tracing purposes, and otherwise take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Operational Plans can be submitted online via this form.
Operational Plans must meet the goals of the order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and must be submitted 14 days before any special event or activity.
Approval of a plan does not guarantee that the plan will not be suspended, revoked or required to be modified by the applicant if deemed necessary.
All plans that have been approved by PHHS are still valid and will not require re-evaluation. All plans that have been submitted but not yet reviewed will be subject to the updated Public Health Order.
To report noncompliance with the public health order, cal 573.874.CITY (2489) or email City@CoMo.govcreate new email.
While this order does not change occupancy for all busiensses, we are imploring every sector of our community to do all they can to help lower transmission rates in Boone County. All business establishments are strongly encouraged to operate at a capacity less than otherwise permitted to allow for more social distancing within the establishment. Businesses are also encouraged to provide services remotely or in a manner maximizing social distancing such as curbside, pickup, delivery, etc.
Enforcement will be based on findings of routine inspections and following up on complaints. Failure to comply with this order is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
Additionally, bars, restaurants and other food establishments that do not comply with the Orders are considered to be in violation of the food code and may require the establishment to discontinue operations and remain closed until an Operational Plan is submitted and approved by PHHS as stated in section 1.20.
Employees who are able to work from home should continue to work from home. Special considerations should be given to employees who fall in the high-risk category.
The best way to keep yourself and others safe is to stay at home as much as possible. This will limit your potential exposure to others and the virus that causes COVID-19. Order and pay online or over the phone when possible. Utilize contact-free delivery or curbside pickup when possible. If you visit physical locations, the CDC currently recommends the use of a cloth mask when social distancing is not possible. Remember to wash your hands after touching surfaces, especially before touching your face.