As Springfield's stay-at-home order lifts after nearly six weeks, businesses are beginning to reopen. However, some companies are still banned as part of the city and county's coronavirus recovery initiative announced late last week.
The Road to Recovery order restricts "activity that enhances the risk of the spread of a communicable disease by bringing groups of people together to share the same space, indoors or outdoors, in close physical proximity for a period of time." The city-county initiative expires May 31 after a phased approach, though city officials say they will reevaluate the effort every three weeks.
The list of restricted businesses and activities include:
• bars, brewery taprooms and nightclubs;
• movie theaters, arcades, bowling alleys, concerts and other entertainment venues;
• exhibitions and museums;
• conferences and seminars;
• contact sports, fitness classes and playgrounds;
• swimming pools; and
• religious services of more than 15 people.
Mother's Brewing Co. is among businesses that have issued responses to the restrictions in the latest city-county coronavirus order.
"We're really hurting," company officials said via Facebook, calling on customers to visit the brewery for curbside sales. "We were hoping to make a killer announcement about being open in May but ... we have discovered that all taprooms will need to remain closed until June 1 at the absolute earliest."
Mother’s Brewing Co. also recently announced the cancellation of its annual Mother’s Day event due to the coronavirus. Sales of the company's products in stores have continued amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Moxie Cinema also took to Facebook to call on donations as it faces another month closed.
Art Zone LLC, Launch Virtual Learning Center and The Permit Shop relocated.