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City of Columbia "Stay at Home" Order

March 24, 2020

Dear Constituent:

Columbia/Boone County Health Director Stephanie Browning has issued a "Stay at Home" Order for the City of Columbia, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) while enabling essential services to continue.

The order, which was announced during a City news conference this morning, requires everyone to stay at home (apart from defined "Essential Activities") unless your work involves "Essential Business Activities," "Essential Government Functions," or "Essential Critical Infrastructure." We must all continue to comply with "Social Distancing Requirements." I encourage you to review the 14-page document, which is very readable:

City of Columbia Order No. 2020-03: "Stay at Home" Order

Here are a few clarifications and examples drawn from the order:

  • "Essential Activities" include outdoor exercise, shopping for food and medicine, and seeking health care services.
  • "Essential Business Activities" include health care operations, food production and food service (pick-up and delivery only, no dine-in), news reporting, and other defined services.
  • "Essential Government Functions" and "Essential Critical Infrastructure" refer to defined work that must continue in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • "Social Distancing Requirements" include handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and maintaining a separation of 6 feet from other individuals.

For more information about the local government response to the pandemic and public health advice to residents, please visit the City's COVID-19 (coronavirus) Official Information web page. A Facebook Live Q&A about the new "Stay at Home" Order will be hosted on this page at noon today.

I want to recognize City Manager John Glascock, Health Director Stephanie Browning, and other City staff for their professionalism and leadership in confronting this community threat.

CoMoHelps: Acting Quickly to Meet the Needs of our Region

Many of you have asked me how you can help our most vulnerable friends and neighbors in Columbia and Boone County, during this time of crisis.

In response to the increased need for emergency social and human services, the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, Heart of Missouri United Way, City of Columbia, and Boone County have launched the CoMoHelps.org web site to enable community members to make financial donations and sign up as volunteers to assist in the local effort.

Constituent Conversations ONLINE and ON THE PHONE

I will continue to hold Constituent Conversations ONLINE and ON THE PHONE for the next couple of months, using the following videoconference/dial-in links:

Zoom Meeting zoom.us/j/932449437 or phone 1-646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 932-449-437

No appointment is necessary - just join the conversation any time between 2:00 - 4:00 pm on the following Sunday afternoons:

  • Sunday, April 5th
  • Sunday, April 19th
  • Sunday, May 3rd
  • Sunday, May 17th

Upcoming dates are always available at my web site.

Cheers, Ian