March 23, 2020: Cass County Health Department Issues Stay at Home Emergency Health Order
March 23, 2020 - On Monday, March 23, the Cass County Health Department issued a Stay at Home Emergency Public Health Order to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 and expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.
The order states individuals may only leave their residents to perform essential activities as stated in the order. All individuals must exercise social distancing requirements at all times. The order further states non-essential business and other non-essential operations must cease and lists definitions and exemptions of essential activities and businesses.
"While the City of Raymore is in full support of the Cass County order issued today, I want to re-emphasize: Stay at Home," Mayor Kris Turnbow said. "The main purpose for this public health order update is to minimize unnecessary movement within our community. Make no mistake, item 1.A of this order is clear: STAY AT HOME, except for Essential Activities as defined by the order. You must continue to exercise social distancing requirements at all times."
Turnbow recognizes the challenges this order poses to several local businesses and asks business owners to watch for updates from the Economic Development Department and Chamber of Commerce with regard to offering assistance.
"We continue to focus our efforts to minimize the impact on our local businesses and understand their concerns," Turnbow said.
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved Missouri's request for assistance for economic injury disaster loans. The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or non-profit. Applicants can learn more and download the applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/
Click here for Stay-At-Home Emergency Order FAQs issued by the health department.
View all of the press releases and statements related to COVID-19 on the Cass County Health website at casscountyhealth.com