Emergency Order & Recovery Guidance

In response to updated guidance* from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and improvements in local case, hospitalization and vaccination rates, the Clay County Public Health Emergency Order expired Friday, May 14 at noon.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions such as wearing a well-fitted mask, staying six feet or more from those they don't live with and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

Businesses and organizations may still choose to require certain COVID-19 precautions, such as masking or physical distancing, in a manner they deem most appropriate to protect staff and customers. Clay County Public Health Center's guidance to schools remains the same.

“More than ever, it is important that those who have the option to get vaccinated choose to do so,” said Director of Public Health Gary E. Zaborac. “Yesterday’s update from the CDC is certainly very welcome guidance for a pandemic-weary country and it highlights the importance and success of vaccination as the best tool we have to end this pandemic and protect the people in our community.”

Currently, anyone 12 and older is eligible to receive vaccination against COVID-19. There are many opportunities in Clay County to walk-in or make an appointment for vaccination. Find a full list on our Where to Get Vaccinated page.

As of August 2, 42% residents (16+) in Clay County have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

[*Updated CDC guidance July 2021: To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.]

Stop the Spread of COVID

Clay County Recovery Plan  

The Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan was created to help guide businesses, organizations and individuals during the pandemic.

Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan (7.14.20)

Currently: Phase 4

More of a visual person? Check out the Recovery Plan Infographic. Also available in a printable format. 

You can also get a better look at the Risk Assessment Tool included in the recovery plan that identifies ways for various sectors to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, it is incredibly important that every individual and business remember these four Recovery Essentials that will help prevent the spread of disease and protect our community:

  1. High-risk persons should continue to stay home except for essential activities. Anyone who is sick should also stay at home.
  2. Wear a face mask/covering when interacting with others outside your home.
  3. Always maintain physical distancing (six feet) from anyone you do not live with.
  4. Maintain the highest levels of cleaning and hygiene.
The goal is to not return to a stay-at-home order, however, if at any time COVID-19 disease rates demonstrate the need to return to those measures, the public health order will be amended.

Communication Toolkit

We encourage businesses and other organizations to use/print the following posters and other graphics to spread awareness about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

*These signs are printed and available for pick-up from Clay County Public Health Center, your local city hall (Liberty, Gladstone, NKC, Excelsior Springs) or chamber of commerce (Smithville, Kearney).

Make a Complaint


To report a Clay County business that you believe is not following the guidelines and prioritizing the safety of its staff and customers, please submit a complaint here

PLEASE NOTE: if the business' address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City Health Department.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

If you are a business looking for supplies to protect your employees, check out these resources.
Six Feet Apart Poster