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Posted on: June 30, 2020

County moves to Phase 2.5 of Recovery Plan: Playgrounds, Splashpad to open July 1

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Jackson County has announced that Jackson County – including Blue Springs – will be moving into the Recovery Plan Phase 2.5 effective Wednesday, July 1. This is an extension of Phase 2 with a few notable changes.

In Phase 2.5 playgrounds and splashpads will be allowed to open. The City of Blue Springs will open all City playgrounds at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 1. The Splashpad at Burrus Old Mill Park will open at 2 PM Wednesday July 1.

Please note that construction of the new playground at Young Park is NOT complete and therefore that playground is NOT OPEN. Playing on this structure while still under construction is dangerous and could cause damage to the unfinished structure.

Additionally, during Phase 2.5 the use of masks covering the nose and mouth will be required while in a public indoor space including workplaces, businesses, schools, places of worship and public facilities such as community centers or libraries. Masks may be removed in restaurants and bars when individuals are actively eating or drinking but must be worn at all other times.

Additionally, masks must be used while utilizing public transportation, ride-sharing services or taxis. Masks are also required in public outdoor spaces when social distancing of 6ft cannot absolutely be guaranteed.

For a list of exemptions, please see the Eastern Jackson County Recovery Plan Phase 2.5 Guidance Document.

Also under Phase 2.5:

  • Schools are allowed to open for summer school starting July 1. Schools are required to submit a plan for how they are going to ensure social distancing and student safety.
  • Large outdoor gatherings including parades, festivals, etc. are allowed with no more than 100 people. Everyone should be social distanced and wearing masks.
  • Youth sporting tournaments are allowed. No more than 100 people per field – athletes not included in count.

For the full plan and a list of FAQs pertaining to specific situations, please visit the Jackson County COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions, concerns or would like to report a business for compliance, please contact Jackson County Health Department.


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