Columbia/Boone County Community COVID-19 Updates

Call the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411, if you are need of immediate help.

If you have specific COVID-19 questions for Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services email [email protected]

October 16-

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Director Stephanie Browning has issued Public Health Orders 2020-13 and 2020-13(c). These orders are an additional extension of the previous orders, 2020-11/2020-11(c) and 2020-12/2020-12(c), and are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 3, unless otherwise extended, rescinded or modified. All restrictions remain in effect. There are no modifications from the previous orders.

October 1-

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Director Stephanie Browning has issued Public Health Orders 2020-12 and 2020-12(c). These orders are extensions of the previous orders, 2020-11 and 2020-11(c), and are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 20, unless otherwise extended, rescinded or modified.
All restrictions remain in effect. There are no modifications from the previous orders.

September 16-

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Director Stephanie Browning has issued Public Health Order 2020-11 and 2020-11(c). These orders go into effect at 12 a.m. on Sept. 18 and are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 6, unless otherwise extended, rescinded or modified.

Modifications from previous Orders:

  • Entertainment venues, bars and restaurants serving alcohol must close by 10:30 p.m. The restrictions on stopping alcohol service at 9 p.m. is no longer in effect.
  • Bars, restaurants and other food establishments that do not comply with the Orders are considered to be in violation of the food code and may require the establishment to discontinue operations and remain closed until an Operational Plan is submitted and approved by PHHS as stated in section 1.20.
  • Operational Plans are now required to be submitted 14 days in advance of an event rather than the previous requirement of 30 days.

August 28 –

 Stephanie Browning, director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) has issued Order No. 2020-10 and Order No. 2020-10(c). Columbia and Boone County remain in Phase 2, Step 3 of the reopening plan under these orders with amended restrictions in order to help control the spread of COVID-19 throughout the county. These orders are effective at 12 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2020. These orders will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2020, unless extended, rescinded or modified prior to such expiration.

Modifications from previous Orders:

  • Restaurants and bars serving alcohol are required to stop serving alcohol at 9 p.m. and shall close no later than 10 p.m. Restaurants that do not serve alcohol are not required to close at 10 p.m.
    • Restaurants and bars serving alcohol may conduct curbside pickup and delivery of food items only after 10 p.m.
  • Entertainment venues are required to close at 10 p.m. Any entertainment venue that serves alcohol must stop serving alcohol at 9 p.m. Entertainment venues can continue to operate with 100 people or less, provided an operational plan has been submitted to PHHS. In addition, they must meet the following requirements:
    • Dance floors at entertainment venues shall be closed for dancing. Owners may repurpose the dance floor for table seating or other authorized uses if approved by PHHS in an Operational Plan.
    • All food and beverage at an entertainment venue must be consumed while seated.
    • Table seating shall be limited to a maximum of ten (10) people per table. Tables must be socially distanced.
    • Any person at an entertainment venue who is not seated must comply with Face Mask Requirements*.
  • All public and private gatherings not described within these orders are limited to 20 people or less. Social distancing and face mask requirements* must be observed at all gatherings.
    • Any large group gathering or event held at a business or institution open to the public is limited to 50% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is less. This includes events in hotels, conference/event centers, places of worship, etc.
  • All business establishments are strongly encouraged to operate at a capacity less than otherwise permitted to allow for more distancing within the establishment. Businesses are also encouraged to provide services remotely or in a manner maximizing social distancing such as curbside, pickup, delivery, etc.

*Masks required within Columbia city limits. Masks are strongly encouraged within Boone County.

August 6-

Stephanie Browning, director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) has issued Order No. 2020-09 and Order No. 2020-09(c). Columbia and Boone County remain in Phase 2, Step 3 of the reopening plan under this order but under modified conditions in order to help control the spread of COVID-19 throughout the county. This order is effective at 12 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2020. This order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2020, unless extended, rescinded or modified prior to such expiration.

The reopening plan has been modified under this order due to the increase of active cases in Boone County. The seven day rolling new cases rate for the period of July 29 through Aug. 4 was 106 cases per 100,000. Many of the limitations outlined in the previous order are still in effect. The new regulations are highlighted below.

Modifications from previous Order:

  • Face masks are required by those over the age of 10 when social distancing requirements cannot be met, when within city limits of Columbia. This is included to align with the City of Columbia mask ordinance that went into effect on July 10, 2020.
  • Restaurants and bars continue to operate with social distancing between tables. Groups of patrons are now limited to a maximum of 10 people.
    • All patrons are now required to be seated at all times when not entering/exiting the business or visiting a restroom facility. A face mask is required anytime a patron is not seated.
  • Businesses, large venues and those organizing public gatherings that face circumstances not specifically addressed in the order may submit a proposed Operational Plan to PHHS. Plans must meet the goals of this order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the date of any special event or activity. Approval of a plan does not guarantee that the plan will not be suspended, revoked or required to be modified if necessary.

PHHS is developing further guidance for businesses to operate under this order. Any modifications to current business guidance will be made available online at CoMo.gov/coronavirus by Monday, Aug. 10. If you are a business with questions about operating requirements, please email [email protected].

July 10 –

The current health orders for both the city and county have been extended for an additional 21 days. The current health orders were set to expire on July 20th. The orders are now extended until August 10, 2020. Both orders are linked below. There have been no changes to either order.

July 7 –

Last night, Columbia City Council passed Bill 168-20A establishing the requirement to wear a face mask in certain locations in order to prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Columbia. The requirement to wear a face mask for all persons 10 years old and above will be effective on Friday, July 10 at 5:00 PM. It will remain in effect for 90 days or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. To best implement and understand the requirement, we encourage all Chamber members to read the ordinance in full. Find the ordinance here. You can watch the City Council meeting here.

May 22 – This morning, Stephanie Browning, director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) issued Order No. 2020-06. This order includes a framework for all establishments within Boone County to reopen with updated limitations on occupancy.

This order will be effective at 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and signals the next step in ongoing reopening and COVID-19 response efforts in Columbia and Boone County.

The current guidelines are dependent on maintaining healthcare system capacity, contact tracing capacity, PPE availability and reviewing the rate at which new cases occur. Should there be any indication that the progress that has been made thus far is jeopardized, the PHHS director may reinstate restrictions based on the epidemiological conditions at that time.

Previous Orders and Declarations for the City of Columbia and Boone County

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the order, road map, or F.A.Q, please contact the office of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services at 573.874.7355 or email [email protected] 

To fully understand the new order and guidance put into place by Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS), please read each document in its entirety.

On March 20, Columbia’s business community including The Chamber of Commerce, REDI, Heart of Missouri United Way, The District Downtown, and The Loop shared a message from the business community. 

You hear a lot about supporting local business in Columbia and now is the time we prove it’s more than just a slogan. We’ve heard from so many people over the past week—people in need and people willing to help—so we are confident Columbians are up to the task. Read the entire letter here.