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Responding to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Updated Friday, May 29, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a safe working environment for employees and members, and to minimizing the potential economic and business impact of COVID-19 (the “Novel Coronavirus”) for our Chamber members.

To that end, we want to hear about how your organization is being affected by this situation, so that we can connect you with resources that can offer you assistance and share your concerns with legislators who might be able to help.

Reopening & Recovery Resources

As our local governments implements phased, gradual plans for reopening our economy, it is crucial for businesses to have the information they need to proceed in a way that is safe for both employees and customers. The Chamber is working to gather the insights businesses will depend on as they prepare to reopen. Visit our Reopening & Recovery Resources page to learn more.

COVID-19 Policy Updates

The Chamber is hard at work throughout the legislative session, advocating for the priorities of the business community. We also feel it's important to keep you informed of the latest legislative news that could affect your business and your industry. That's why we periodically put together our Legislative Update newsletter, designed to keep you up to date on what's going on in Jefferson City and in Washington, D.C. on subjects affecting the business community.

Click here to see our COVID-19 Policy Update from May 26, 2020 or visit our Legislative Update Archive page to see previous editions of our policy newsletter.

Video Updates

Coronavirus Update - May 22

Legislative Session Recap with Elijah Haahr

Good Morning, Springfield! - May 14

Employer Considerations for Reopening

Using Data to Drive Business Growth - May 11

State Policy Update - April 24

Public Policy Speaker Series with Anna Hui

Federal COVID-19 Response with Sen. Hawley

Navigating Employment Impacts of COVID-19

Good Morning, Springfield! - April 2

CARES Act Overview with the U.S. Chamber

Stay-at-Home/Reopening Orders

Updated Tuesday, May 26

The City of Springfield has issued orders related to Phase Two of the gradual reopening of the local economy. The second phase of reopening took effect on Saturday, May 23, and is part an ongoing effort to balance safety considerations of employees and customers with economic hardships. The plan allows businesses to reopen while adhering to social distancing requirements and occupancy restrictions based on the square footage of their business; personal care businesses will have additional restrictions to protect personal safety. Limits also remain in place on the numbers allowed to gather in groups, with social distancing requirements remaining for those gatherings as well.

More detailed information about these local orders can be found on our "Reopening & Recovery" page.

Other communities in the region have either issued their own plans or announced that they are relying on orders from the state or basing their orders on those made by Springfield or Greene County. Click the link below to see what the plans are for communities around the area.

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