Nixa Mayor issues stay-at-home emergency order for 30 days
Nixa Mayor Brian Steele has issued a stay-at-home emergency order for the City of Nixa which mirrors the orders of Christian County and Greene County, as well as the cities of Springfield and Ozark.
The new emergency order will take effect at 12:01 AM on Thursday, March 26, 2020 and will remain in effect for 30 days (through 11:59 PM on April 24, 2020). The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change based on guidance from public health officials and other experts.
On Monday March 23rd, City Council held an emergency meeting where they voted to give the Mayor the authority to make such an order.
Why was this order issued?
The Stay-At-Home Emergency Order was issued to protect the health and safety of all residents of Nixa, with the goal of limiting the continued community spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It was issued based on the guidance of public health experts, as well as consultations with area medical leaders about the consequences of continued community spread of coronavirus in the Springfield metropolitan region on health care availability and access.
What does this order require?
The order requires Nixa residents to stay at home unless they are engaged in one of the essential activities specified in the order. Essential activities include working in an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, seeking medical care, caring for a family member or loved one, and exercising and maintaining personal health. Individuals are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing to the extent feasible while engaging in these activities, and to stay home if not engaging in one of these specific activities.
Will residents be subject to penalties such as arrest or citations for leaving their homes? Residents may leave their homes to engage in essential activities, including exercising and maintaining personal health (walking, bicycling, running, hiking, fishing, etc.), working at an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, or seeking medical care. We strongly urge Nixa residents to stay at home if they are not engaged in any of these essential activities as this will greatly aid efforts to stop the community spread of COVID-19. That said, there are penalties for a violation as provided in Section 1-9 of the City’s Code.
Questions? Visit our website: https://www.nixa.com/community/covid-19-information