Responding to COVID-19

Updated Friday, November 20, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

Our Joplin business community is strong and resilient. You have approached this situation with hope, humility, and shared sense of purpose. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce top priorities during this time are the health and wellness of our community, and minimizing the potential economic and business impact of COVID-19 or our community.

We want to hear about how your organization is being affected by this situation, so we can connect you with resources and share your concerns with legislators that might be able to help.

Rebuilding and Reopening

On November 20, 2020, The City of Joplin passed a mask ordnance effective inside the city limits. Masking guidelines are in place through February 28, 2021. More detailed information can be found here.

Downloadable Signs For Your Business (English), click here
Downloadable Signs For Your Business (Spanish), click here

On Tuesday, August 18, the City of Joplin moved to Phase 2, Step 4 of Joplin’s COVID-19 recovery plan. This new step loosens restrictions on businesses and individuals within Joplin city limits.

IMPORTANT: Businesses in the City of Joplin MUST comply with the City of Joplin recovery plan AND the State of Missouri recovery plan.

City of Joplin

Response and Recovery Plan

Updated City of Joplin Ordinance

Recovery plan questions, please contact the City of Joplin | 417.624.0820 ext. 219

State of Missouri

The state of Missouri has issued a Public Health Warning regarding COVID-19. The warning states that Missouri officials continue to take a balanced approach and have not issued a statewide mask mandate, but it also warns that if Missourians do not slow the spread of the virus, we risk having our health care systems overwhelmed by COVDI-19 patients.

All businesses are advised to implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices:

  • Modify physical workspaces to maximize and maintain social distancing.
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Symptomatic people should not physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
  • Develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibilities and protections, including:
    • Encouraging telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations;
    • Working in phases and/or split shifts, if possible;
    • Limiting access to common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact; and
    •  Ensuring that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance.

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Return To Work Resources For Businesses

Missouri Chamber & Industry developed a Return To Work Guidelines that recommends best practices to assist businesses in their efforts to create safe workplaces for their employees and customers.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has put together this guide for businesses to prepare the workplace to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Visit the Chamber member directory to get connected with companies that can provide additional deep cleaning services, supplies, or training’s that comply with OSHA regulations.






Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The third coronavirus relief package was passed by Congress and signed by the President on March 27.

The nearly $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, will help provide emergency assistance to organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Business & Employee Help page has more information.

Business & Employee Help

Latest resources for both businesses and our workforce.

Health Information

Helping employer and employees stay safe.