City of Sikeston Stay at Home Order
City of Sikeston Ordinance #6189, COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
City of Sikeston COVID-19 Measures
Frequently Asked Questions
City of Sikeston COVID-19 Response
All of the following actions and policies are subject to change based on current medical advice from government authorities.
The City of Sikeston continues to monitor authoritative sources for Coronavirus, or COVID-19, information. The City encourages residents with questions about COVID-19 to rely on trusted primary sources for accurate, up to date guidance, such as the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (https://health.mo.gov/). MDHSS has activated a 24 hour statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19, which can be reached at (877) 435-8411.
Effective at 12:01 a.m., Monday, May 4, the City of Sikeston and Scott County stay at home orders expire and the City will be operating under the Missouri Governor’s COVID-19 related orders from that time forward.
To view the latest Order from the Governor, visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MOGOV/2020/04/27/file_attachments/1437097/Economic%20Reopening%20Order%204-27-20.pdf
To view Frequently Asked Questions about the Governor’s Order, visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MOGOV/2020/04/27/file_attachments/1437023/Show%20Me%20Strong%20Recovery%20-%20Phase%201%20Guidance.pdf
In summary, the new order from the Governor sets forth the following:
- Gatherings are not limited to a certain number of people, but individuals should at all times practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of separation from other people, except for:
- Members of the same household,
- Individuals performing job duties that require closer contact than six feet. When job duties require closer contact, enhanced precautionary measures should be taken.
- People shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance or in end-of-life circumstances.
- Businesses engaged in retail sales shall limit the number of individuals in their locations to 25% of the legal occupancy limit for locations with less than 10,000 square feet, and 10% of the legal occupancy limit for locations with 10,000 or more square feet.
- Restaurants may offer dine-in services as long as parties are seated at least six feet apart, parties are not seated at connecting tables, and parties are no larger than ten people.
- Gyms and hotel swimming pools may open insofar as they maintain social distancing.
- Places of worship may hold in-person services as long as social distancing is maintained and practices such as shared communal cups are avoided.
- Traditional summer activities such as utilizing aquatic facilities, community centers, fitness centers, libraries, organized athletics and camps may go on but adjustments to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 are encouraged.
- Events in larger venues such as sports stadiums, concerts, funerals, weddings, or movie theaters may go on but seating shall be spaced so as to comply with social distancing.
- These regulations will be in effect May 4 through May 31, 2020.
Public Access to City Facilities and Park Properties:
- City Hall will remain closed to the public through May 31, 2020, while interior renovations addressing both security and social distancing concerns are completed.
- Fire stations will remain closed to the public through May 31, 2020.
- DPS Headquarters will remain open to the public for law enforcement related activities, but public tours, educational visits, and other non-essential visits will be suspended.
- Municipal Court operations are suspended until at least May 21. See “Municipal Court” section below for more information.
- The airport terminal will remain open to pilots and air passengers.
- The P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter will be open to the public but by appointment only, and the following restrictions will apply: Only visitors interested in viewing animals for possible adoption will be allowed, volunteers will not be allowed at this time, visitors will have their temperature taken at the door and will not be admitted if they appear to have a fever or other signs of illness, visitors must bring and wear their own protective face mask, and visitors will be provided gloves by the shelter. Additional animal control policies are outlined in the “Animal Control” section below.
- Park Facilities:
- The Clinton Building is closed through May 31 and no reservations are being accepted at this time.
- No reservations of picnic shelters are being accepted at this time.
- Playgrounds remain closed at the recommendation of the State of Missouri, as “high touch” areas.
- Basketball courts remain closed due to the difficulty of practicing social distancing.
- Tennis courts will be open beginning May 4. Social distancing by users is encouraged.
- The dog park will be open beginning May 4. Social distancing by users is encouraged.
- The skate park will be open beginning May 4. Social distancing by users is encouraged.
- As allowed by the Governor’s order, fields for baseball/softball will be open for practices beginning May 4 and games beginning Memorial Day weekend. Spectators are encouraged to remain in the cars during practices. Coaches and players are encouraged to practice social distancing. Bleachers will be removed from the baseball/softball quads and during games spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and practice social distancing.
- The Spring Clean Up at the Sikeston Compost Site is being postponed until June. Dates will be announced later. The Spring Curbside Cleanup has been canceled. The compost site will continue to maintain its regular schedule for drop off of limbs and brush per the city website.
How to Contact the City During COVID-19 Related Closures:
- Public contact with the City will need to occur via phone, email, fax, mail or other means that minimize person-to-person contact.
- A drop box for applications and payments (including court payments) will be available in the vestibule of City Hall.
- In many cases permit applications can be found online and submitted by mail, payments can be made online or by phone, and questions can be answered without any unnecessary person-to-person contact. Information can be found at the following locations:
- For general reporting of issues: https://www.sikeston.org/contact_us_online_form.php
- For municipal court issues: https://www.sikeston.org/departments/municipal_court/index.php
- For City licenses and taxes: https://www.sikeston.org/departments/administrative_services/city_collector2/index.php
- For building permits: https://www.sikeston.org/departments/public_works/code_enforcement/index.php
- For other questions, or if you don’t know who to contact with your issue, please call (573) 471-2512.
Municipal Court operations are suspended until at least May 21:
- The Supreme Court of Missouri has suspended all in-person proceedings in municipal division court, subject to certain exceptions.
- The Sikeston Municipal Court is urging all defendants with citations with a court date earlier than May 21 to contact the court at 573-475-3705 to see if your citation is payable. Business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Municipal Court website is located on www.sikeston.org under the “Departments” tab to pay online. During this suspension, please feel free to contact our office.
Department of Public Safety
- The Department of Public Safety has implemented several new protocols to minimize potential exposure for the public and for officers to COVID-19. If non-emergency police services are requested the department will assign an officer to obtain the information for the police report over the telephone instead of providing a physical response by a police officer. These criteria apply to crimes that previously occurred, where a suspect is no longer present and there is no imminent threat to personal safety.
- The public is encouraged to avoid travelling to the Police Department and instead to report incidents by telephone. The Police Department can be reached at 573-471-6200 for non-emergency assistance and 911 remains available for all emergency calls. Officers will still respond to all calls where there is a crime in progress and when life is in danger. Callers are encouraged to inform 911 operators if they believe they or someone at the scene of the incident is experiencing flu or COVID-19 symptoms so that officers can take appropriate precautions when responding.
- The police department is also suspending non-criminal fingerprinting services.
- We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. These steps are necessary for the health and safety of the Police Department staff and all citizens in need of police services.
Animal Control/PAWS Animal Shelter
- The P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter will be open to the public but by appointment only, and the following restrictions will apply:
- Only visitors interested in viewing animals for possible adoption will be allowed
- Volunteers will not be allowed at this time
- Visitors will have their temperature taken at the door and will not be admitted if they appear to have a fever or other signs of illness
- Visitors must bring and wear their own protective face mask
- Visitors will be provided gloves by the shelter.
- In accordance with NACA (National Animal Care and Control Association) recommendations (https://www.nacanet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NACA-Statement-on-Animal-Control-Functions.pdf) and in order to maintain shelter capacity for true emergency situations, Sikeston PAWS asks for public assistance in the following ways:
- Animal control calls to PAWS and DPS need to be limited to EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY. Please refrain from calls that address at-large (dogs running loose), animal trapping, nuisance barking and owner surrender.
- For the purpose of this message, emergencies will include, but not be limited to: Dog Bites, Animal Cruelty or Neglect Situations, Severely Injured animals, and Law Enforcement Officer assistance.