SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Springfield city leaders announced Thursday that the city would stay in Phase Three of the Road to Recovery Plan through July 15th.
What does that look like?
- Businesses can open with 50% capacity based on square footage.
- Includes Bars, restaurants, gyms, pools, entertainment venues, retail locations, churches, and non-contact sports activities
- No counter seating for bars or self-service buffets are allowed in phase three
- Only places requiring masks are personal care businesses like salons and barbershops
One business KOLR10 spoke to for comment was Discount Smokes & Beer.
Owner Sean Levy says they have made an effort to stay on top of the current safety regulations.
“I’m trying to keep track of the Springfield website, but also talk to other business owners around town as well,” says Levy.
Discount Smokes & Beer is a store near Missouri State University’s campus at 635 S. Kimbrough, has long been known to confiscate fake I.D.’s – even decorating their walls with them.
Since the Road to Recovery plan was unvieled, Levy hired an extra employee to make sure they have enough staff to help capacity rules in-check.
Levy has concerns about businesses that are not following the proper regulations, for health related purposes.
“There are places that are following it, and there are some that aren’t,” Levy says.
But he believes it could effect other businesses as well who are complying.
“Unfortunately, it runs off their patrons… now they’ve got to cut people off because of 50% occupancy, so they’re just going to a place that is fully open, where they aren’t restricting people to come in.”
The description for Phase 4 is very similar to Phase 3 on the city website.
Springfield’s Director of Public Information, Cora Scott, indicated to KOLR10 on Thursday that the city is continually evaluating the plan in 3-week phases, relying on COVID-19 data.