Responding to COVID-19

Updated Friday, March 5, 2021 – 10:00 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 Monday, March 1, the Joplin City Council lifts social distancing for churches, restaurants, and removes outdoor crowd size restriction. The City of Joplin remains in Phase 2, Step 4 of Joplin’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

As of November 2020, four vaccines have begun large-scale (phase 3) clinical trials in the US. Three of the vaccines in phase 3 trials use two doses that must be administered at least 21 days apart. The other COVID-19 vaccine requires only one shot.

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services, has said that the first doses could be ready to administer in December.

The state has a plan in place to distribute the limited first doses of the vaccine to healthcare workers, workers classified as essential, and high risk populations such as people of 65 years of age or older.

Read more about Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy here.

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

A coronavirus relief package was passed by Congress and signed by the President on December 27, 2020. This re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program with additional small business forgiveness.

Here is what Small Businesses need to know about the new pandemic relief package:

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Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry 

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