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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Effective Friday night April 16 at 11:59 p.m., the City will officially transition to what is referred to as the ‘yellow’ phase of the Road to Recovery. Springfield City Council took formal action calling for this transition at their April 5 meeting.
Mayor Ken McClure calls the move a step forward and a symbol of progress in the community’s fight against COVID-19.
The ordinance follows the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s recommended guidance for stepping out of restrictions put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The thresholds that the Health Department recommends for the yellow phase include meeting two of the following three metrics, with significant progress toward the third:1) under 40 cases per day (on a rolling 7-day average) for at least 28 days;2) under 50 individuals hospitalized for at least 28 days and3) 25% of the Greene County population 16 and older fully vaccinated.
On Monday, April 12, all three thresholds were met.
Broadly, the yellow phase still requires face coverings (masks) in most public places. It also removes most occupancy restrictions, except for enhanced risk activities.
An Enhanced Risk Activity is defined as any business or non-business activity that enhances the risk of the spread of a communicable disease by bringing groups of people together to share the same space, indoors or outdoors, in close physical proximity for a period of time. Examples of said activities include but are not limited to:
a. Entertainment, movies, concerts and other live performances, dancing, arcades, gaming,bowling, and billiards and pool;b. Exhibitions and museums;c. Fitness classes;d. Religious services;e. Conferences, and seminars;f. Bars, nightclubs, and brewery taprooms
In an effort to reduce the chances of a super spreader type event, for indoor and outdoor enhanced risk activities where more than 500 people will be sitting within 6 feet of each other for more than 15 minutes, the occupancy is restricted to 50% of the fixed seating area or 500 people, whichever is greater. Masking will continue to be required.
“Now we set our sights on moving into the ‘green’ phase, where all restrictions are lifted,” said Mayor McClure, acknowledging that to a large degree that fate is in the hands of citizens based on their willingness to get vaccinated. “Our return to normalcy is incumbent upon individuals receiving the vaccine.”
In order to get to green phase, the city would have to see at least 50 percent of Green Countians older than 16 fully vaccinated and a daily rolling case average of fewer than 20 and fewer than 20 hospitalizations for at least 28 days. The dashboard that is updated daily, can be found at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus.
As of April 9, all Missourians were eligible to receive the vaccine. To register, visit vaccine417.com or call the Springfield-Greene County Health Department hotline at 417-874-1211 for assistance.
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For detailed charts outlining the requirements of the red, yellow and green phases, visit https://www.springfieldmo.gov/DocumentCenter/View/53642/Road-to-Recovery-Plan?bidId=.
Read the ordinance.For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement at 417-380-3352 or [email protected]