Many Raymore businesses have played a crucial role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by drastically altering their operations or closing completely during the State of Missouri and Cass County Stay at Home Orders.
As part of Phase I of the State of Missouri's Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued an Economic Reopening Order that will go into effect from 12:01 a.m., Monday, May 4, 2020, through Sunday, May 31, 2020.
We encourage every business operator and resident to read the order, as well as the guidelines and frequently asked questions for detailed information. We have compiled a list of resources below that offer additional guidelines to keep yourself, your employees and customers safe during the phased reopening process.
The order directs local public health authorities (Cass County Health Department) to carry out and enforce provisions of the order. Any questions that cannot be answered in the FAQ may be directed to the health department.
Here is a summary of the main points of the order, but the Guidelines & FAQ at ShowMeStrong.MO.Gov/FAQ offer full details.
- Under the Economic Reopening Order, every person and business must continue to abide by social distancing requirements of maintaining at least six feet between individuals, unless job duties require contact with other people. In that case, enhanced measures must be taken to mitigate the risks of spreading or contracting COVID-19.
- All retail businesses may reopen to the public on May 4, 2020, however businesses must limit the number of individuals in their building based on the restrictions spelled out in the Governor’s Order. Businesses should also implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices.
- It is still recommended that only one person per household shop at retail stores to enable all families to access necessary goods and maintain occupancy and social distancing protocols.
- Restaurants may offer dine-in services, but must adhere to social distancing and other precautionary measures. The continued use of drive-thru, pickup or delivery is encouraged.
- 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.
- Residents should continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and disinfection of frequently used items and surfaces. The guidelines also encourage residents to avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for social distancing and to minimize travel to the extent possible.
- Residents should stay home if they are sick.
Visit ShowMeStrong.Mo.Gov/FAQ for the complete guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions.
ShowMeStrong.Mo.Gov/Business offers additional guidelines and numerous resources for safety, links to CDC for Business, unemployment information, Small Business Administration guide and loan resources, links to the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and more.
View and download the Missouri Chamber Foundation's Uniting for Recovery: Return to Work Guide for guidance in the workplace on the following topics:
- Reducing the risk of transmission
- Social distancing at work
- Working with vendors
- Customer service
- Travel considerations/Workplace signage
- Employee health
- Ongoing communication
Workplaces that are engaged in retail sales to the public must limit the number of customers in each retail location to the following standards based on the City of Raymore's adopted International Building Code (IBC).
- For a building less than 10,000 square feet, you must maintain 25 percent or less of the authorized occupancy.
- For a building 10,000 square feet or larger, you must maintain 10 percent or less of the authorized occupancy.
A businesses building occupancy certificate should be on display in the business and lists the number of customers generally allowed in a business. Multiply that number by .25 if your building is less than 10,000 square feet to determine the number of customers allowed in your building under the State's Order. Multiply that number by .10 if your building is 10,000 square feet or larger to determine the number of customers allowed in your building under the State's Order.
Employees and vendors delivering products do not count toward occupancy limitations.
Post external signage on doors alerting visitors to restrictions on entry, as well as your guidelines and expectations from customers. Make sure your employees are aware of the guidelines as well.
View and download this guide from the Centers for Disease Control: Cleaning and Disinfecting your Facility. It includes steps for every day, when someone is sick and other considerations for employers.