Stay at Home Order

With the spread of COVID-19, City of Strafford has adopted the Stay at Home approach in conjunction with the Stay at Home Order of the Greene County Health Department issued on March 24, 2020.  This will be effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 26, 2020 and remain in effect for 30 days unless renewed or withdrawn. 

In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, this Stay at Home Order is in place to ensure the maximum number of people shelter in their places of residence.  If you do not have an essential need to be out of your home (i.e. groceries, restaurant drive-thru, traveling to an essential job, or other essential need as list below and Greene County Order attached), please shelter in place at home.  Limiting our interactions and activity may be challenging as this state of emergency is prolonged.  However, this is of utmost importance to keep our community and neighboring communities safe.  

Essential services are allowed to continue while slowing the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.  Social Distancing Requirements should be observed at all times when citizens leave their residences to perform essential functions. 

The Stay at Home Order does not apply to those traveling to work in an essential business or essential government function including: 

  • Health Care operations
  • Restaurants may provide carry-out, drive-thru, pickup/curbside, and delivery services, however dining room services are prohibited.
  • Essential infrastructure, including construction, operation of public transportation and utilities, internet and telecommunications systems
  • First responders and emergency management personnel
  • Grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, food cultivation including farming
  • Gas stations and auto supply facilities
  • Pharmacies, healthcare supply stores, and healthcare facilities
  • Banks and related financial institutions (drive-thru only)
  • Media organizations
  • Auto repair facilities
  • Hardware stores
  • Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts, however prohibiting dining-in services;
  • Veterinary care and other healthcare services for animals, including boarding
  • Service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the sanitation and essential operation of residences
  • Businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with supplies necessary to operate and supply products needed for people to work from home, etc. 

Unfortunately, non-essential facilities and businesses in the city limits must temporarily suspend activities for a period of 30 days beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 26.  For a complete copy of the Greene County Order and the list of essential organizations (“Appendix A”), click on the link below: 

 (Greene County Stay At Home Order) 

Park Closures: Additionally, for the safety of our citizens, park locations have been temporarily closed during this state of emergency to limit exposure on playground equipment and not maintaining the social distancing requirements.  These locations will reopen when it is deemed safe. 

We encourage your adherence to these measures for the safety of our community.  We want you and your family safe, and to help ensure the safety of our community, Strafford City Police Officers will educate and ensure these measures are followed for the safety and welfare our community. 

City Hall Lobby:  Please note the City Hall Lobby is closed for the safety of City employees and our citizens during this state of emergency.  If you have a question or concern, please call us at 736-2154 and we will gladly assist you.  

If you see Public Works employees in your neighborhood working on sewer, water, or maintenance tasks, please know that their work has been deemed essential for the overall safety, health, and ongoing operations of the City.  We ask that you maintain social distancing protocols and not interrupt ongoing maintenance for both your safety and the safety of our City’s staff.  

Thank you for your cooperation with the Stay at Home Order.  We will get through this as we work together to keep our community safe.

Martha E. Smartt  |  City Administrator
City of Strafford, MO  |  P.O. Box 66  |  Strafford, MO 65757
Tel. 417-736-2154  |  Fax. 417-736-2390

Pandemic Response

The City of Strafford has declared a state of emergency and has implemented precautionary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is maintained with the latest information from the municipal government. We will continually monitor the pandemic situation, assess changes which may be necessary, and will post all future updates related to the city's response to the pandemic on this page.

Our number one priority is protecting the health and safety of our community, and all decisions are being made with the intent to minimize potential spread of the pandemic and minimize its impact on our community.

Mayor French, with approval of the Board of Aldermen, has issued an order limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people. There is an exception for educational institutions, daycare facilities, and business operations.

We strongly encourage the public continually be informed with the latest factual information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

If you believe you may be infected with COVID-19, please contact your physician or a telemedicine provider immediately. IF a physician believes you may have the novel coronavirus, they may refer you to be tested or may recommend you be quarantined without being tested.

City staff are practicing social distancing, as well as implementing good hand hygiene and cleaning/disinfection routines across all departments.

Below are additional changes to the City of Strafford's daily operations in response to the pandemic organized by department:

Trash Service:  

We’re working hard to serve you with minimal disruption. The recent surge in residential waste and the unique challenges we face require us to make temporary changes to our services. Effective immediately:

·Items for disposal must be contained within your cart.

·We ask that you bag all trash and we will not pick up loose trash outside the container.

·Bulk waste and large item programs are suspended.

·We may use alternative disposal methods for recycling if there are disruptions to recycling processing capabilities or if contamination increases.

Church services will be restricted so be sure to check with your local church for their plans.

Restaurants are offering to-go orders, curbside pickup, drive-through, and/or delivery options. 

Strafford Utilities
We encourage citizens to pay utility bills online at our website, by phone using a credit card, by mail, or at the drop box which is located at the City Hall door. City Hall is open, however we are taking all precautions to keep the staff safe so we can remain open. If you have difficulty with payment of your bill due to COVID-19 layoffs, please call us at 736-2154.

General Municipal Election Postponed from April 7th to June 2nd 
Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020. click here for more info.

Municipal Court has been postponed from April 2, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Supreme Court has issued suspension for all courts as of March 17, 2020 until April 3, 2020. Municipal Court has been postponed from April 2, 2020 to April 30, 2020 at the normal time unless otherwise extended by order of the court as circumstances may warrant. We do encourage customers to pay online at We will update you as we know more. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Terri Taylor 417-736-2154.

Strafford Police

  • Please call 417-736-4000 if you need a records request or other forms and they will be sent via email rather than visiting the Strafford Police Department.
  • No public fingerprints will be taken at the Strafford Police Department. We recommend you conduct a web-search for other businesses in the area which may still be providing fingerprinting services.
  • The citizen ride-along program is suspended until further notice.
  • Strafford Police are not responding to routine medical calls.
  • Strafford Police will try to take calls for service over the phone for non-emergency cases including but not limited to:
    • Animal Complaints
    • Delayed Reporting of Auto Accidents
    • Civil Matters
    • Forgery/Counterfeit
    • Fraud
    • Harassment
    • Juvenile Problems
    • Miscellaneous Ordinance Violations
    • Violations not in progress such as peace disturbance, property damage, and theft.
  • Strafford Police will still be on patrol and will still respond to calls for service. However, we will attempt to respect the social distance recommendations made by health officials.
  • If Strafford Police respond to your home, our officers will ask that you meet them on your porch and maintain 6-10 foot minimum distance. This effort is intended to limit officer exposure to potentially infected persons as much as possible while still providing police services and maintaining a healthy police department.
  • We encourage citizens to call the office (417-736-4000) for non-emergency situations so that you might make contact with an officer and if an officer cannot be reached then call 911 and request an officer to return your call.  Call 911 for all emergency incidents and we will be dispatched to your location. 

2020 Census
To limit contact of census takers going door-to-door, the Census Bureau recommends the 2020 Census survey be completed online ( If you have any difficulties, residents are encouraged to call the Census Bureau directly (844-330-2020). The paper questionnaire will be mailed in late April.

Martha E. Smartt  |  City Administrator
City of Strafford, MO  |  P.O. Box 66  |  Strafford, MO 65757
Tel. 417-736-2154  |  Fax. 417-736-2390