RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF STRAFFORD, MISSOURI
BILL NO. 20-27 RESOLUTION NO. 20-17
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF STRAFFORD, MISSOURI, Providing for Phase I of the City of STRAFFORD’S COVID-19 Recovery Plan
WHEREAS, the City of Strafford, Missouri, ("City" or “Strafford”) is a fourth class city located in Greene County, Missouri, being duly created, organized, and existing under the laws of the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, the City has previously recognized the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, the health issues associated with it, and adopted the advice and direction given by federal, state, and local officials to combat COVID-19 in our community on March 16, 2020, with a Proclamation of Civil Emergency and Ordinance No. 877 prohibiting public gatherings of 50 or more persons; and on March 19, 2020 with an Order of the Mayor further limiting public gatherings; and
WHEREAS, although the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Greene County has decreased to 13 as of April 30, 2020, the threat of COVID-19 still exists and continues to pose a health threat to our community. This threat increases with the gathering of large groups of people and therefore, the gather of more than 20 individuals where social distancing guidelines of six feet (6’) of separation cannot be achieved in a non-business setting is discouraged; and
WHEREAS, on April 27, 2020, based upon current COVID-19 data and modeling, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (“DHSS”) issued a new Order (“State Order”) superseding the previous Stay Home Order dated April 3, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the new State Order sets forth new social distancing requirements for individuals and business to continue to combat the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on April 27, 2020, the Governor of Missouri announced the first phase of the State’s recovery plan to gradually start the reopening of economic and social activities in the State while still protecting the public from the COVID-19 threat utilizing the new State Order; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen finds that based upon current data and modeling performed by the State of Missouri and the DHSS, the new COVID-19 recommendations contained in the April 27, 2020, DHSS Order shall be in place in the City.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF STRAFFORD, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Effective May 5, 2020, at 12:01 A.M., in accordance with the April 27, 2020, Order issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, “Exhibit A”, attached hereto and incorporated by reference, shall be in effect within the city limits of Strafford and shall control and supersede all prior or inconsistent Resolutions or Orders concerning COVID-19 regulations based upon the authority granted to the City under the Missouri Statutes.
Section 2. Businesses in the City shall be allowed to use outdoor space, including parking areas, which are directly connected to and under the ownership or control of their business to conduct business lawfully permitted for the business without that outdoor space being counted towards the maximum allowable square feet in Exhibit A so long as the required social distancing requirements in Exhibit A are met and appropriate safety measures are taken to assure the safety of the public in the outdoor space.
Section 3. The City Administrator, or designee, shall determine the applicability of this Resolution on business or individuals.
Section 4. The whereas clauses are hereby specifically incorporated herein by reference.
Section 5. The provisions of this legislation are severable, and if any provision hereof is declared invalid, unconstitutional, or unenforceable, such determination shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this legislation.
Section 6. This Resolution, after passage as provided by law, shall take effect beginning May 5, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. and shall remain in force until May 31, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. unless renewed or rescinded by the Board of Aldermen.
PASSED AND RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF STRAFFORD, MISSOURI, THIS 4TH DAY OF MAY , 2020.
BILL NO. 20-27, RESOLUTION NO. 20-17
1. When individuals leave their homes or places of residence to work, to access food, health care, necessities, or to engage in other activities, they should at all times practice social distancing. Individuals may go to and from an individual’s place of worship, provided that limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to.
2. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every person and business in the State of Missouri shall abide by social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet (6’) of space between individuals. This provision shall not apply to family members or individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’). Individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’) should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19. This provision shall apply in all situations, including, but not limited to, when customers are standing in line or individuals are using shared indoor or outdoor spaces.
3. In accordance with the guidelines from the President, the CDC, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance or in end-of-life circumstances. Elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19.
4. Any entity that employs individuals that is engaged in retail sales to the public, shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:
(1) Twenty-five (25) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²);
(2) Ten (10) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²) or more.
5. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit school teachers, school staff, students, and parents from reentering school buildings in order to work, retrieve personal belongings, or return school property as long as limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to. Notwithstanding section 2 of this Exhibit, nothing contained herein shall prohibit daycares, child care providers, or schools from providing child care in accordance with CDC guidelines. Further, this does not prohibit schools from providing Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify.
6. Restaurants may offer dining-in services, provided that the limitations on social distancing and other precautionary public health measures, including proper spacing of at least six feet (6’) between tables, lack of communal seating areas to parties that are not connected, and having no more than ten (10) people at a single table, are properly adhered to. The continued use of drive- thru, pickup, or delivery options is encouraged throughout the duration of this Resolution.
7. Pursuant to section 44.101, RSMo, this Resolution shall not be construed to prohibit or restrict the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transportation, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during the declared state of emergency, subject to the provisions set forth herein.
BILL NO. 20-27, RESOLUTION NO. 20-17