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Responding to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Updated Thursday, June 8, 4:00 p.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.

Road to Recovery

Springfield City Council voted to repeal masking and all other COVID-19 mitigation strategies effective May 27, 2021.

More detailed information about city 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 their local counties.

Vaccine Resource Center

As the national and statewide rollout of vaccines for COVID-19 continues, many employers have questions about how they can help facilitate distribution of the vaccine for their employees.

The state of Missouri has now made individuals ages 12 and up eligible for vaccination. 

While the state of Missouri has developed a detailed plan for vaccine distribution, there are some steps employers can take to be prepared in the event that supplies make on-site vaccinations possible.

Find local, state and federal information on the COVID-19 vaccination process on our Coronavirus Health & Vaccine page.

Federal COVID-19 Relief Update

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law a $1.9T COVID-19 relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  Learn more about what provisions are included by visiting our Federal Assistance page.

COVID-19 Toolkit for Businesses & Workplaces

The COVID-19 Toolkit for Businesses & Workplaces was created by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department as a guide to help your business or organization create or enhance your COVID-19 prevention and response policy. The Health Department will identify and contact people who test positive for COVID-19 and close contacts to discuss the proper steps they need to take. However, due to the volume of cases and the process of disease reporting, these calls can be delayed by several days. Often, friends, family and employers are aware of a potential exposure before the Health Department.

For this reason, employers can help stop the spread of COVID-19 within their workplaces and the community by understanding Health Department guidelines in the case of a workplace exposure. The entire toolkit can be found here.

Legislative 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 Policy Update from June 2, 2021 or visit our Legislative Update Archive page to see previous editions of our policy newsletter.

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