COLUMBIA, Mo. — The residents of Columbia and Boone County will be under a month-long, stay-at-home order beginning 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 25.

Columbia/Boone County Human Services Director Stephanie Browning signed the order Tuesday, March 24. It will continue to be in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.

With the order, school closures in Columbia have been extended to April 27. The intent of the order from the health department is to maximize the number of residents staying at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The county health department has the power to extend, rescind, supersede or amend the order as the health environment changes.

There are exemptions in the order related to essential activities, such as obtaining necessary supplies and services, activities related to health and safety, and more. All business and operations, except essential business and operations (as defined in the order), must cease.

Restaurants and retail food establishments may provide pick-up, drive-thru or delivery service.

As outlined in a previous order, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, unless exempt by the terms in the order. All playgrounds will be closed to reduce the potential spread, however, public outdoor recreation areas remain open.

Read FAQs about the order, and exemptions, here.

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