Springfield sets date for next phase of COVID recovery plan


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield’s COVID-19 restrictions will soon lighten up after a city council vote Monday.

Council voted to approve the transition from our current red phase into the yellow phase on April 16 as part of the Road to Recovery Plan.

Beginning on April 16, there will be no occupancy limitations, social distancing will be a suggestion and masking will remain required. Read more details about the yellow phase in the photo below:

Katie Towns, acting health director of Springfield-Greene County Health Department, gave stactistics on COVID-19 vaccinations in Greene County.

“Although we’ve made progress on many fronts, the number of people getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has been slower than we anticipated,” Towns said

According to the Road to Recovery plan, the yellow phase was not supposed to happen until 25% of Greene County was vaccinated, fewer than 40 new cases of COVID-19 reported per day and less than 50 hospitalizations due to the virus.

Towns said there is a Mega Vaccination event where people can get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Appointments can be scheduled online.

Businesses such as yoga studios will be able to allow customers into their facilities at maximum capacity if they choose to do so.

City Council decided to postpone a decision on the Springfield Police Department entering into a contract with ShotSpotter Respond gunfire detection system. Council will discuss this topic on May 3, 2021.

City Council also, voted on purchasing land at 404 Jefferson Avenue for the daylighting of Jordan Creek. Council members approved the contract to purchase the land for about $1.5 million.

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