Thursday, April 02, 2020
Joplin Mayor: We have the stay-at-home ordinance in place, we have it ready to go, but we're not going to use it
"We have the ordinance in place, we have it all ready to go and we can enact it whenever we need it," Shaw said.
The mayor said he had been talking with City Health Department officials, as well as the area medical facilities and indicated he was following the lead of Gov. Mike Parson.
"We are listening to what our governor is doing."
Shaw said he was continuing to receive considerable input from the public.
"I want every one of you who's been calling me, e-mailing me, texting me to know I've read every one of your communications. I appreciate your input."
That input, Shaw added, has been roughly split.
"There are several who are in favor of a shelter-in-place and several who are not."
Shaw attempted to reassure the public, noting "We're trying to stay right on top of this and trying to do what's best for all of our citizens.
"Shelter at home if you can," he encouraged.
Shaw said the city had been forced to take steps because people were not following the guidelines limiting the number of people (10) who can be together in one place.
As an example, the mayor pointed out the city had taken action on the groups of young people who were getting together and playing basketball at city parks.
"We had to close down the basketball thing."
The accompanying video of the briefing also includes updates from Joplin City Health Department Director Dan Pekarek and Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Toby Teeter.
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