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State Of Emergency Declared In Nixa Allowing Mayor To Enact Stricter Regulations

Nixa City Council has declared an emergency during an emergency meeting Wednesday.  It gives power to the Mayor to make orders to restrict public gatherings and enact regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A violation of an order of the Mayor would be considered a violation of city ordinance, punishable by fine. As of 6pm on March 18th, the Mayor had not issued any order restricting public gatherings or operation of any businesses.

Christian County presiding commissioner Ralph Phillips issued an order Tuesday prohibiting public gatherings of 50 people or more and made it unlawful for anyone to organize or attend gatherings exceeding that size.

The City of Nixa continues to strongly encourage cancellation of events, meetings, and gatherings of 50 people or more. The City and the Mayor will continue to be in consultation with the County Health Department regarding any potential future action, according to a news release.

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