The Plan for Response and Recovery outlines steps for our community to resume normal life. These steps allow us to slowly turn the dial and see what effect each of them have on the health of our community. Because this is a multi-step plan within several phases, it is important to read this document in its entirety.
As of August 18, 2020, the City of Joplin is in “Phase 2 – Step 4” of the Joplin Plan for Response and Recovery. During this phase, we are reopening the community, removing any occupancy limitations for businesses, restaurants, places of worship, theaters, and other venues while still continuing physical distancing in their operations. Offering services remotely is also a recommendation in this step.
As we take these steps to reopen, citizens should continue to still practice various measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
This plan allows us to resume full capacity in businesses, restaurants and other venues, yet we remain cautious focusing on three key elements:
- Adjust physical distancing strategies
- Maintain focus on testing, isolation strategies and healthcare
- Individual and corporate responsibility
All of us are familiar with social distancing from Phase 1 and will need to continue this practice throughout this entire plan. As Joplin’s Public Health Department continues its work with our healthcare partners and hospitals, the success of completing this final step in “Phase 2 – Recovery” is the responsibility of each individual, business and organization.
After you read this plan, if you have questions about how this affects your business or need clarification, please contact us. We’re here to help as we are in this together with you.