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Clay County Businesses Adapting to Coronavirus Challenge

April 2020

Just like people and businesses around the world, those in Clay County were working hard to keep up with news on the coronavirus and how they could adapt.

Clay County also joined other regions in Greater Kansas City with a “stay at home” order that went into effect March 24. Besides ordering residents to remain at home for all but a few specified reasons, the order orders closure for all but “essential” businesses. The complete document is available online on this Health Department webpage.

Other virus-related information is also available on this page of the Health Department’s website.

Two of the county’s largest employers, Ford and Cerner, took steps to either temporarily pause operations or shift thousands of employees to work at home.

Some of the biggest disruption is being faced by small businesses, many of which are facing incredible challenge. Some, such as restaurants, are able to remain partially open by utilizing creative methods for home delivery or drive-up service. Several community pages on Facebook, such as the Liberty Area – Together We’re Stronger, promote local services and businesses. Others, like some grocers, were even hiring as they expanded delivery services.

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