Columbia / Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning signed a Stay at Home Order effective at 8:00AM CDT Wednesday March 25.

The order will continue to be in effect until 8:00AM CDT on April 24 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. The order’s intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while enabling essential services to continue.

There are exemptions in the order related to essential activities, such as obtaining necessary supplies and services, activities related to health and safety, and more. All business and operations, except essential business and operations (as defined in the order), must cease.

Restaurants and retail food establishments may provide pick-up, drive-thru or delivery service.

As outlined in a previous order, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, unless exempt by the terms in the order. All playgrounds will be closed to reduce the potential spread, however, public outdoor recreation areas remain open.

You can get more information on the City of Columbia's website here.