Pandemic Response and Economic Recovery Plan
(Last updated June 12, 2020)
The City of Nixa has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although all restrictions have been lifted effective June 16, 2020, the City of Nixa's state of emergency remains in effect so the municipal government can take advantage of state and federal resources to assist our community during the recovery from the pandemic and its economic impacts. The Mayor, City Council, and the city administrator continue to monitor the latest developments and are working with Christian County Commissioners, Christian County Emergency Management, and the Christian County Health Department to ensure the city has best practices in place to safeguard public health. At this time, all restrictions have been lifted, but we continue to recommend that all individuals and businesses observe CDC recommendations.
Our number one priority is protecting the health and safety of our community, and all decisions are being made with the intent to minimize potential spread of the pandemic and minimize its impact on our community. We are also working to carefully re-open the economy in phases while continuing certain precautionary measures.
Have a question about the emergency order and recovery plan?
The emergency order which is the first phase of the Nixa Strong Recovery Plan will remain in effect thru 11:59 PM on June 15th. Learn more about the stay-at-home order and Nixa Strong Recovery Plan.
COVID-19 Reported Cases in Christian County:
To see advice from the Christian County Health Department as well as the current number of active cases in the county and total number of Christian County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, visit the website of the Christian County Health Department here.
June 12: Nixa Mayor Brian Steele is allowing his emergency order regarding COVID-19 to expire effective 12:00am on Tuesday June 16th, 2020. This means that the City of Nixa will no longer be placing any requirements or rules on any individuals or businesses regarding the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
However, the City of Nixa recommends that individuals and businesses continue to observe CDC recommendations regarding:
- Stay home if you feel sick, and contact your physician
- Social distancing
- Avoidance of large gatherings and crowded places
- Continued use of masks and other personal protective equipment
Mayor Steele says, “It is important that individuals and businesses continue to make good choices for themselves to limit exposure to COVID-19 and to help minimize its spread in our community. We have been fortunate to see low numbers of cases in Christian County, and we can keep those numbers low if we all do our part to mitigate the risks. We have all learned about techniques for limiting the spread of infectious diseases in our communities over the last few months. We ask that you don’t forget what you’ve learned and continue to exercise reasonable caution.”
Mayor Steele made this decision following the Governor’s announcement of the 2nd Phase of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, which lifts the previous statewide restrictions effective June 16th.
The state of emergency for the City of Nixa will remain in effect so that the municipal government may continue to use state and federal resources to assist our community’s recovery from the pandemic and its economic fallout.
May 29: Nixa Mayor Brian Steele has signed an updated Emergency Order, which extends the first phase of the Nixa Strong Recovery Plan thru June 15th, following yesterday’s announcement by Missouri Governor Mike Parson that he was extending the first phase of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan thru June 15th. The order remains the same as has been in effect since May 4th. However, one notable change has been made to the Mayor’s supplemental recommendations, which is the raising of the recommended attendance limit on public events from 20 people to up to 50 people. The Governor’s order does not mandate a limit on attendance of public events and neither does the Mayor’s order. See the press release and full order here.
May 28: Governor Parson announced an extension of the first phase of the "Show Me Strong Recovery" Plan, to remain in effect through Monday, June 15th. See the Governor's press release here. See the Governor's statewide guidelines and FAQ's here. See the full order from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services here. The Governor's order gives authority to local governments to be more restrictive, but not less restrictive than the statewide order.
April 30: Nixa Mayor Brian Steele announces the first phase of the "Nixa Strong Recovery Plan" which will begin May 4th and will remain in effect through Sunday, May 31st. See the Mayor's press release and updated order here. The plan outlines how Nixa will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity. This order expands upon the statewide order.
April 27: Governor Parson announced the first phase of the "Show Me Strong Recovery" Plan which will begin May 4th and will remain in effect through Sunday, May 31st. See the Governor's press release here. The plan outlines how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity, but continues to allow local governments to be more restrictive as appropriate for the health and safety for their communities. See the Governor's updated guidelines and FAQs here. See the full order from the Department of Health and Senior Services here.
April 21: Nixa’s emergency stay-at-home order is now extended through May 3rd, and now allows non-essential businesses to provide curbside pick-up/drop-off and delivery.
Nixa Mayor Brian Steele signed the updated order on April 21st which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 22, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020.
Essential businesses may now also perform non-essential business activities, including the distribution or sale of products that are not included in the definition of an “Essential Business.” Essential businesses must continue to follow occupancy limits.
Non-essential businesses may now take orders and provide services so long as they:
- Take orders by phone, online, or curbside pick-up or drop-off
- No customers are permitted to enter the business
- Non-essential service businesses must also fully maintain the CDC social distancing and cleaning guidelines, including but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment for employees such as gloves, masks, and eye wear in the provision of services.
Nixa Mayor Brian Steele says, “The Cities of Nixa and Ozark have worked together to ensure we make the same updates at the same time to reduce confusion for people across Christian County. This order is the first step in a path back to normalcy. We continue to consult with regional health leaders and neighboring governments to make decisions in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our communities as we begin to carefully re-open our local economy. Our intention is to ease back towards normalcy in gradual steps, so that we don’t put lives at unnecessary risk. We will monitor the impact of the pandemic prior to making each step, so that we don’t have to return to a more restrictive step. We plan to continually reassess to ensure our emergency orders are appropriate for the level of pandemic risk.”
April 21: The Christian County Commission passed an updated stay-at-home order very similar to that of the City of Nixa. The countywide order has been extended through May 3rd. See the County's order here.
April 17: Leaders across Christian County, Nixa, and Ozark are working to create a plan for our return to normalcy. We are in ongoing discussions with area healthcare leaders and with Springfield and Greene County as we draft a plan that will ensure the health and safety of our region AND get our economy back running again as soon as safely possible. We are also taking Federal and State guidance into consideration, as we craft a plan that makes the most sense locally.
Governor Parson’s statewide stay-at-home order has been extended through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday May 3rd. Our current local orders are in effect until Friday April 24th at 11:59 p.m. Christian County, Ozark, and Nixa are working with our regional partners to evaluate the possibility of extending or modifying these orders in the appropriate phases so that we may begin getting our economy moving forward.
Stay tuned, we will provide another update about the plan before April 24th. Once we have a plan finalized, we will announce it across our communication channels.
In the meantime, please know that the Springfield/Greene County Health Department’s daily press conferences are a great source of official information which represent the best and most current guidance from health departments and local governments across our region.
If you have further questions, feel free to contact your City Hall or the County Commission.
April 16: Governor Parson announced an extension of his statewide stay-at-home order to remain in effect through Sunday May 3, and his intent to begin reopening the economy in phases beginning May 4.
April 8: The City of Nixa has created a new informational flyer explaining the updated stay-at-home order. Please note that essential businesses may only conduct essential business activities. Essential businesses should not be conducting non-essential business activity and should not distribute or sell products that are not included in the definition of an essential business.
April 8: An updated stay-at-home order was issued by the Christian County Commissioners which goes into effect effective 12:01 a.m. April 9, 2020 and will remain in effect for the duration of the county's emergency declaration. See the county's updated stay-at-home order here. This order is consistent with the orders in the City of Nixa, the City of Springfield, and Greene County.
April 7: The updated stay-at-home order issued by Mayor Brian Steele goes into effect at 12:01 AM on Wednesday April 8, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 PM on Friday April 24 unless extended or revoked by order of the Mayor. The updates bring the Nixa order into agreement with the statewide stay-at-home order on certain points, while maintaining the same stricter provisions already in place by order of the Mayor since March 26th. This order maintains consistency with the Springfield and Greene County stay-at-home orders to reduce confusion across jurisdictional lines.
The two updates are:
1. Any essential business engaged in retail sales to the public shall limit the number of customers in any particular retail location at any one time to a maximum of:
- The result of the total square feet of the building at the retail location divided by 30
- Times twenty-five (25) percent for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft2)
- Times ten (10) percent for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft2) or more.
2. Firearm repair has been added to the list of essential businesses and, pursuant to RSMo Section 44.101, the order shall not be construed to prohibit or restrict the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transportation, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during the declared state of emergency.
April 6: A statewide stay-at-home order is in effect from April 6 through April 24th. See the order issued by Governor Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. See the FAQ page on the Governor's website.
April 2: The City of Nixa has launched NixaStrong.com as a resource page where anyone can find links to information to meet needs they may have or to find opportunities to volunteer or donate to help their neighbors.
March 30: The Missouri Department of Health has reported to the Christian County Health Department that there are now 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Christian County. See the press release here.
March 27: The Missouri Department of Health has reported to the Christian County Health Department that another 3 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our county, bringing the total number of cases to 7. We are asking people to minimize the number of trips they make to public places like the grocery store. Minimizing your exposure in public spaces will help minimize the spread of the disease. Read the press release here.
March 26: The Missouri Depatment of Health has reported to the Christian County Health Department that 2 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our county, bringing the total number of cases to 4. See the press release here.
March 25: The City of Nixa (by order of Mayor Brian Steele) issued a stay-at-home order that goes into effect at 12:01 AM on Thursday March 26, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 PM on Friday April 24 unless extended or revoked by order of the Mayor. See the Mayor's order here.
March 25: Christian County presiding commissioner Ralph Phillips issued a countywide stay-at-home order that goes into effect at 12:01 AM on Thursday March 26, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 PM on Friday April 24 unless extended or revoked by order of the county commissioners. See the order here. See the Christian County press release here.
March 23: Nixa City Council passed an ordinance extending the declaration of emergency until further order of the Mayor or a vote of Council. The ordinance also gives authority to the Mayor to issue orders that would further restrict public gatherings and business operations during the declaration of emergency. Read the full ordinance here.
March 23: The Christian County Health Department issued a press release confirming a 2nd positive case of COVID-19 in Christian County. See the County Health Department's press release.
March 23: A statewide order has gone into effect which limits public gatherings to no more than 10 people and restricts restaurants to drive-thru, carry-out, and delivery only. See the Governor's press release.
March 20: The Christian County Health Department issued a press release confirming there is only 1 positive case of COVID-19 in Christian County. See the County Health Department's press release.
March 19: Nixa Mayor Brian Steele issued an order declaring it unlawful for any person to organize or attend a public gathering of ten (10) people or more in a single space or room.
- For the purposes of this order, a “public gathering” does not include the following:
- Funeral homes
- Educational institutions
- Daycare facilities
- Places of employment
- Grocery stores
- Retail stores
- Any activity a court of competent jurisdiction holds cannot constitutionally be closed in these specific circumstances
- Any gatherings where the organizer can demonstrate to the Mayor, City, County, and State health officials that sufficient mitigation plans for infectious disease are in place.
- In addition, any person who organizes a gathering of nine (9) people or less shall take appropriate action to minimize risk to the greatest extent possible by implementing and enforcing mitigation measures, including but not limited to, social distancing, limiting the time period of gatherings, frequent cleaning of all surfaces and posting of signs.
- Nothing in this order prohibits public food establishments from offering delivery, pickup, and drive-thru services.
- Read the Mayor's order here.
March 19: Christian County presiding commissioner Ralph Phillips did issue an order declaring it unlawful for any person to organize or attend an intentional gathering of 10 people or more in a single space or room. Read the Presiding Commissioner's Order here.
March 18: Nixa City Council declared an emergency during its emergency meeting on March 18th, giving power to the Mayor to make orders to restrict public gatherings and enact regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A violation of an order of the Mayor would be considered a violation of city ordinance, punishable by fine.
March 18: Governor Parson announced that the April 7 municipal elections are postponed until June 2 in response to COVID-19. Learn more about the June 2 election here.
March 17: Christian County presiding commissioner Ralph Phillips issued an order prohibiting public gatherings of 50 people or more and made it unlawful for anyone to organize or attend gatherings exceeding that size.
Other Important Information:
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Updates from the World Health Organization (WHO).
If you believe you may be infected with COVID-19, please contact your physician or a telemedicine provider immediately. IF a physician believes you may have the novel coronavirus, they may refer you to be tested or may recommend you be quarantined without being tested.
- Jul 08
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TRAFFIC ALERT: Estes Street south of Mount Vernon Street (Missouri Route 14) CLOSED in Nixa Tomorrow (July 9) for Drain Pipe Installation What: Estes Street on south side of Mount Vernon Street (Missouri Route 14) in Nixa CLOSED for one day When: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on tomorrow (Thursday, July 9) Why: Contractor crews installing a drain pipe across Estes Street at its south approach to Route 14 Traffic Impacts: - Estes Street CLOSED only where crews are set up working - Drivers will be able to get to driveways and entrances on either side of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone - Drivers urged to find alternate routes. No signed detours are planned. - Electronic message boards located near the planned road work will alert drivers to any changes in the work schedule - Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for road closings/traffic impacts (Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule) (For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest) Modot Southwest
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**Potential COVID-19 exposure at Nixa pool** A lifeguard at The X Center pool (located at 701 N. Taylor Way) has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Christian County Health Department, the risk of potential exposure to the public is low, as the infected lifeguard worked outdoors in a lifeguard station and did not work in close proximity of members of the public. The only day the infected lifeguard worked at the pool while possibly contagious was on Tuesday June 30th. The lifeguard is now under quarantine and other Nixa Parks staff are being monitored for symptoms. According to the Christian County Health Department, anyone who visited The X Center pool on Tuesday June 30th is considered to be at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose The Christian County Health Department would like to remind residents that COVID-19 is still circulating in our community. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. In order to help decrease your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, the health department recommends that you practice social distancing while out in public areas, wear a face mask or other face covering if social distancing is not possible, practice good hand hygiene, and avoid crowded areas or large gatherings. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 stay home and call your physician. If you don’t have a physician, call the state hotline: 877-435-8411.
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