Community Resources

Community Recovery Plan

  • Prior to the statewide stay-at-home order, there were multiple phased-in actions taken by local jurisdictions to increase physical distancing. A similar, stepwise approach is now required as our communities prepare to reopen. Clay County Public Health has outlined a phased in recovery plan with several steps within each phase to help guide our practices.

    Highlights include:

    • Throughout the steps, physical distancing standards must be applied, which includes remaining physically separated by 6 feet at all times and frequent disinfecting of surfaces of common areas and in between groups’ use of a space.

    • During recovery, travel outside of the community and region should only occur for essential activities.

    • There will be four steps in allowing events and mass gatherings:

      • Step 1 (anticipated dates of May 4–June 1): Mass gatherings are not permitted. A mass gathering is any gathering of 25 or more individuals in a location where physical interaction is possible, whether spontaneous or scheduled.

      • Step 2 (anticipated dates of June 1–June 29): Mass gatherings of less than 50 individuals in a location where physical interaction is possible, whether spontaneous or scheduled, may resume. The limitation of 50 individuals pertains to all individuals at an event or location and cannot be increased by separating individuals into smaller groups at the location (e.g. different rooms or fields). All mass gatherings are required to apply physical distancing standards, and if physical distancing standards cannot be met, the gathering must be postponed or canceled.

      • Step 3 (anticipated dates of June 29–July 27): Mass gatherings of less than 100 individuals, in a location where physical interaction is possible, may resume. The limitation of 100 individuals pertains to all individuals at an event or location and cannot be increased by separating individuals into smaller groups at the location (e.g. different rooms or fields). All mass gatherings are required to apply physical distancing standards, and if physical distancing standards cannot be met, the gathering must be postponed or canceled.

        • All schools are permitted to reopen at this time as well. Physical distancing and personal protection strategies should be applied to full capability.

      • Step 4 (anticipated dates July 27–August 24): Mass gatherings of less than 250 individuals in a location where physical interaction is possible, whether spontaneous or scheduled may resume. The limitation of 250 individuals pertains to all individuals at an event or location and cannot be increased by separating individuals into smaller groups at the location (e.g. different rooms or fields). All mass gatherings are required to apply physical distancing standards, and if physical distancing standards cannot be met, the gathering must be postponed or cancelled.


    The length of each step within recovery will vary. It is suggested that each step be at least four weeks but may last as long as several months. The success of this plan is dependent upon the dedication and efforts of communities, businesses and residents to follow allow suggested strategies. If the spread of COVID-19 increases to unacceptable levels, the recommendation is to move backwards through the steps up to and including resuming a stay-at-home order.

    With the majority of our schools also being located in Kansas City, Mo., it is important to note that the city’s guidelines also govern our ability to reopen. Stay up-to-date on those plans at kcmo.gov/coronavirus.

    You can view the complete recovery plan at https://www.clayhealth.com/DocumentCenter/View/1048/COVID-19-Response-Reopening-04292020final. Clay County Public Health also has a wealth of information and resources on the website at https://www.clayhealth.com/286/Community-Recovery. Working together we can slow the spread of the coronavirus and aid in the reopening of our community!

    Clay County COVID-19 Response Graphic

    Source: Clay County Public Health Center