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**Italicized items denote updates on business practices and hours as stores reopen in Missouri.**

Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • The Ozark Heritage Welcome Center has reopened their doors to the public.  They are available Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • D & D Produce has reopened their doors to the public.  They request patrons be respectful of social distancing guidelines.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Kiko Japanese Steakhouse will reopen with limited seating on Thursday, June 25th at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, June 22, 2020

  • The City of West Plains has announced it has extended the Civil Emergency order through December 30, 2020.
  • The West Plains Council on the Arts has decided to cancel BrewFest due to ongoing vendor concerns about the Coronavirus.  Those that have purchased tickets can get a refund, allow the pre-paid ticket price to be used as a direct donation to the Council or use the ticket price to purchase a membership by emailing [email protected]
    • Tickets purchased through the Civic Center Box Office will be refunded at that location stating June 30.
    • Tickets purchased at other outlets will be refunded directly by a representative of the Council on the Arts.
      • Bootleggers BBQ will be June 30-July 2 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
      • Wages Brewing Company will be Tuesday June 30 and Thursday July 2 from 5:00 p.m. – 7: 00 p.m.
    • Tickets can also be mailed to West Plains Council on the Arts P.O. Box 339, West Plains, MO 65775 and a check will be mailed for the refund amount.

Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Ruby Tuesday has reopened and is back to regular operations.  

Monday, June 15, 2020

  • The West Plains Public Library will reopen June 15th.  The Library will continue the pick-up-book return process and have several occupancy restrictions in place.
    • Occupancy is limited to 50%.
    • Only the Broadway Ave Entrance will be open.
    • Patrons are asked to limit their time in the Library to 30 mins to allow others a chance to visit.
    • Face coverings are encouraged for anyone entering the Library.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

  • The City of West Plains reopening phases 2 and 3 for West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Parks and Recreation.
    • Civic Center Phase 2 (June-July 31): Events are being booked on a case by case basis. The Civic Center will determine if social distancing can be enforced dependent upon the event size and scope.
    • Sanitation continues to be top priority for staff and ensuring the safety for both customers and employees. Missouri State University-West Plains has additional staff to assist in disinfecting different areas of the center.
    • The doors will remain locked to the public and those wishing to use the fitness center or attend a scheduled event at the Civic Center are the only ones currently permitted in the building.
    • The pool will be open Monday-Friday for lap swimming from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and open swim from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fitness center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Civic Center will remain closed on the weekends. Occupancy is limited to 35 people in the pool area and 10 in the fitness center, including staff.
    • Parks & Recreation Phases 1-3: The West Plains Parks and Recreation have opened playground structures as of June 1. Social distancing and hygiene guidelines should be followed while using playground equipment. Pavilion rentals are allowed with followed guidelines.
    • Youth baseball and softball registration is open and adult softball registration will open June 8. Non-contact sport practices are allowed with social distancing and no scrimmaging. Contact sports are not allowed at this time.
    • The Sports Complex is open with a limited number of people allowed in the office at one time.
    • Phase 2 will begin June 15-June 30 and will allow practice for contact sports with a maximum of 12 per ground and a 50% occupancy limitation based on square footage.
    • Phase 3 will begin July 1-July 15 and adult basketball and volleyball will resume play with all other phased guidelines in place.
  • Sugar Lily Bakery & Floral will reopen Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • Wendy’s of West Plains has opened their dining room for carry out.  They expect to open for dine in on June 8th.

Monday, June 1, 2020

  • The City of West Plains Schedule:
    •  City Hall is open to the public.
    • The West Plains Civic Center pool and fitness centers are open to the public with limited occupancy.  The Center will be open for individual events only with the coordination of the Civic Center business office.
    • North Terra Golf Course Pro Shop is open to the public with am maximum occupancy of six people (employees included).  Golf carts are limited to one person per cart. 
    • The Ozark Heritage Welcome Center is closed to the public.
    • The Solid Waste Transfer Station is open to the public.
    • The West Plains Library is closed to the public, but are continuing the book pick-up/return reservations from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  
    • West Plains Transit is operating short routes.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Beginning June 1st, the West Plains School District’s Bus Stop Meal Service will change to a Grab & Go Pickup only.  Meals will be distributed from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Monday – Thursday. Distribution locations will be OMC Thrift Store, high school tennis courts, United Freewill Baptist Church parking lot (Lanton Rd), and the South Fork Elementary parking lot.
  • West Plains Elementary & South Fork Elementary Preschool/Kindergarten Screening will be held as follows:
    • West Plains Elementary Preschool Screening will be June 11 & 16 at the West Plains Elementary.
    • West Plains Elementary Kindergarten Screening will be June 17-18 at the West Plains Elementary.
    • South Fork Elementary Preschool & Kindergarten Screening will be June 12 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the South Fork Elementary.
  • The West Plains High School graduation is set for June 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Zizzer Stadium.  The ceremony will be live-streamed through Ozark Radio News Facebook page.
  • Talburt Animal Health Center is sponsoring their 17th Annual (virtual for 2020) Dog Jog 5K & 1.5 MI Run/Walk with or without your dog on June 2, 2020.  This event will benefit Zizzer Cross Country.
  • JCPenny Company, Inc. will reopen Wednesday, May 27, 2020. They have adjusted their hours to Monday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  and Sunday  12:30 pm. – 5:30 p.m.
  • The City of West Plains Schedule:
    • City Hall is open to the public.
    • The West Plains Civic Center pool and fitness center are open to the public with limited occupancy.  The remainder of the building is closed.
    • The Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex is closed to the public.  Parks and trails are open with social distancing.  Play structures such as playground equipment are closed.  Baseball fields are open but restricted to team practices only, no shared equipment is allowed and observers must bring their own seating and stay off bleachers.  No scrimmages between teams are allowed and players/coaches must bring their own hand sanitizer.
    • North Terra Golf Course Pro Shop is open to the public with a maximum of six people, including employees, in the building at a time.  Golf carts are limited to one-person per cart, and no shared equipment.  League play is under way.
    • The Ozark Heritage Welcome Center is closed to the public.
    • The Solid Waste Transfer Station is open to the public.
    • The West Plains Library building is closed to the public, but they will continue the book pick-up/return process from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  A limit of 10 items per customers will be allowed. Materials will be placed in the front hallway of the Library once the customer arrives for pickup.  Doors will only be unlocked for customers arriving to pick up their materials in the hallway.
    • West Plains Transit is back to operating short routes.  They request passengers utilize social distancing while on the bus.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • The Glass Sword Cinema 6 will reopen this weekend with 4 films; Trolls: World Tour, I Still Believe, Grease, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. There will be spacing restrictions within the theater.
  • By Bobbie Sue Catering is back to normal operations.  Contact them at 573-821-0147 for questions or to make an order.  To try some of their creations, go to 10/40 Coffee in West Plains or Alton.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • The City of West Plains has made the decision to keep the Outdoor Aquatic Center closed for the 2020 season.
  • The Christos House Resale Shop is open.
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday are donation drop off only.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • The West Plains Veterans Committee has made the decision to cancel the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Oak Lawn Cemetery in West Plains, MO.  The Boy Scouts will put flags on the graves at 5:00 p.m. Friday.  They will also raise the full size flags at 8:00 a.m. Monday.

Monday, May 18, 2020

  • City of West Plains schedule:
    • City Hall Lobby will open to the public May 18, 2020.
    • The West Plains Civic Center Pool & Fitness Center will open to the public May 18, 2020 with limited occupancy.  The remainder of the building will remain closed.
    • The Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex will remained closed to the public.  Parks and trails are open although visitors must follow social distancing guidelines.  Play structures (playground equipment) will remain closed.  The Baseball fields will open with restrictions to team practices only.  No shared equipment is allowed and observers must bring their own seating and stay OFF the bleachers.  No scrimmages between teams are allowed.  Players/coaches must bring their own hand sanitizer.
    • North Terra Golf Course Pro Shop is open with a maximum of six people, including employees in the building at one time.  Golf carts remain limited to one-person per cart and there is no sharing of equipment.  League play begins May 18th.
    • The Ozark Heritage Welcome Center will remain closed to the public.
    • Solid Waste Transfer Station is now open to the public.
    • The West Plains Public Library will continue to be closed to the public.  Pick-up/book returns are still available with reservations Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • West Plains Transit has transitioned into short routes.  Please practice social distancing while on the bus.
  • The 37th Judicial CASA has postponed their 5K Run/Walk to September 12, 2020.  It will still take place at Wages Brewing Company and will start at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

  • Missouri State Parks campgrounds will reopen to accommodate existing campground reservations at 3 p.m., Monday, May 18. Missouri State Parks will also be instituting a number of changes related to campground operations to better facilitate social distancing and improve the safety of operations for Missouri State Parks’ guests and our staff.
    •    The additional measures include the following:
      • Reservations will be required prior to arrival.
      • Campground occupancy will be limited at some parks and sites.
      • Missouri State Parks will increase the frequency of cleaning shower houses and restrooms.
      • Campers will use a new contactless, self-check-in feature.
      • There will be occupancy restrictions in shower houses and restrooms.
      • Missouri State Parks will only accept credit and debit cards.
  • Burton Creek WalkIn Clinic has new walk-in hours
    • Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • The Heart of the Ozarks Fair has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Fair.   They will have a demolition derby in September.
  • Steak ‘n Shake is utilizing new hours during COVID.  They are open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. as a drive thru only.

Monday, May 11, 2020

  • The City of West Plains has announced their next phase of reopening for the week of May 11, 2020.
    • City Hall will remain closed.
    • The West Plains Civic Center will remain closed.
    • The Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex/Park Play Structure will remain closed, but the trails are open for walking.
    • North Terra Golf Course Pro Shop is open with a maximum of six people (including employees) int he building at a time.  Golf carts remain limited to one person per cart.  League will start May 18th.
    • Ozark Heritage Welcome Center will remain closed.
    • Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling are open to the public.
    • West Plains Library is open thru pre-reservation pick-up/book return 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.   Call 256-4775 to make your reservations.
    • West Plains Transit has started short routes.
  • Ozark Quick Lube & Ozark Quick Wash is open with the following precautions.
    • The team is not shaking hands with customers and is practicing frequent hand washing.
    • They are wiping down the most-often touched surfaces in the store.
    • The team members do not have to touch your keys or oil reset light
    • Invoices can be emailed as opposed to printing in store.

Friday, May 8, 2020

  • The City of West Plains has announced the new date for the City-Wide Yard Sale.  It will now take place June 4-7, 2020.  The $1 permit fee will be waived for this weekend only.  They request participants remember social distancing and use caution when having a sale or out shopping.
  • The City of West Plains has announced the City-Wide Cleanup will now be the week of October 5, 2020, on your normal trash day.
  • The Recycling Center will reopen to the public on Monday, May 11, 2020.  Recycling routes will also resume on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

  • West Plains Schools is offering a virtual summer school program starting May 26 and going through June 30.  They will also be offering an in-person Learning Academy from July 6 through July 30.  To register go to www.zizzers.org.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  • City of West Plains will reopen the Civic Center Pool and Fitness Center May 18.
    • Entry will only permitted through the exterior fitness center doors on the west side of the building.
    • Fitness Center staff will take the temperatures of those coming in
    • Locker rooms, pool and fitness center area are the ONLY parts of the building that will reopen at this time.
    • The Civic Center will remain closed on the weekends.
    • Occupancy will be limited to 35 people in the pool area and 10 in the fitness center including building staff and lifeguards.
    • Staff will disinfect through the day.
  • The West Plains Middle School will be allowing students an opportunity to collect their personal belonging and return school resources May 11-14th.  The process will be a drive-thru format with students and parents asked to remain in their vehicles.  Student lockers have been cleaned out and items bagged and labeled.  Please bring library books, text books athletic/music uniforms and any other school owned resources that need to be returned.  Below is the schedule:
    • Monday, May 11
      • Last names beginning with:
        • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A-B
        • 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.  C-D
        • 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. E-G
    • Tuesday, May 12
      • Last names beginning with:
        • 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. H-J
        • 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. K-L
        • 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. M
        • 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. N-P
    • Wednesday, May 13
      • Last names beginning with:
        • 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Q-R
        • 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. S
        • 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. T
        • 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. V-Z
    • Thursday, May 14
      • Last names beginning with:
        • 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Anyone who was not able to pick up their belongings during their previously scheduled time.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

  • Participate in Giving Tuesday today, May 5, 2020.
  • McDonald’s Restaurant will continue to keep their lobby’s closed.  The drive-thru will remain open.
  • Legit Speedway Park of West Plains will begin their 2020 race season on May 9, 2020 with their Test n’ Tune event.  This event allows drivers to test their cars in preparedness for the 2020 race season.  Pit Passes are available for purchase, the grandstands will be closed and tailgating will be free. Gates open at 12:00 p.m. Practice will be from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  They do have social distancing practices in place for the public’s safety.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore is operating under normal business hours.  They are limiting store capacity to 10 people.
  • Hibby’s Sports Grille has reopened their dining area and has included a new menu. 
  • River Resorts, LLC will reopen on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with new hours.  Tuesday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • TJ’s Hickory House will open their dining room starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020. New hours will be 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • The Ranch House has opened their dining room.  The hours are Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Taco Alejandros has opened their dining room. 
  • The Pizza Shack has opened their dining room.  Carry out and drive-thru options are still available.
  • Ozark Pizza Co. will continue to keep their dining room closed at this time.  They are still offering curbside service Wednesday –  Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ozark Cafe will open their dining room Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  They have removed several tables to accommodate social distancing.
  • The Fish Shack‘s dining room will remain closed a this time.  They are still offering curb side and drive-thru options.
  • El Charro has opened their dining area. 
    • There is NO waiting inside the restaurant. 
    • Patrons are asked to give their name and number to the host and they will contact you when a table is ready. 
    • They request that diners be mindful of others waiting for a table, but will not restrict time spent inside the restaurant.
    • When paying, they request either giving the payment to the waiter or that ONE person from your group go up to pay.
  • Bootleggers BBQ will keep their dining room closed for the time being.  Their drive-thru will remain operational as well as their family style Take & Bake meals, Family Packs and Bulk Meat options.
  • Southern Magnolia Boutique has reopened.  Their hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
  • Country at Heart has reopened their storefront.  The current hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Kloz Klozet will be adjusting their store hours starting Thursday, May 7, 2020.  The new hours will be 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Cleea’s At Home Market has reopened their storefront Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Skillets Cafe has made several modifications to their operations.  They’ve added an online ordering service and are offering pre-order/takeout services as well.  The new hours of operation are Monday – Sunday 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, May 4, 2020

  • South Central Career Center Spring Commencement that was supposed to take place May 12, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • Auntie Anne’s is open for curbside, take out and delivery.
  • Kiko’s Japanese Steakhouse will remain closed to dine-in.  Their other services will continue without disruption.
  • Colton’s Steak House will open their dining room starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
  • Farmer’s Tan has made the following adjustments to help keep everyone healthy while opening for business. 
    • You must have your temperature checked upon arrival.
    • You must come to your appointment alone. Please do not bring children into the Salon.
    • Please remain in your car until your appointment time. 
    • Walk-ins are NOT being accepted at this time.  You must schedule your appointment until further notice.  The doors will be locked to avoid excess foot traffic.  Product pickup is available. 
  • OMC Thrift Store will reopen Wednesday.  They will have an occupancy limit of 30 people.  Six feet of social distancing between customers is required (especially at checkout and donations).  The public restroom will be closed and there will be limited access to the dressing room.
  • The City of West Plains has announced their schedule for the week of May 4-8.
    • City Hall Lobby will remain CLOSED.
    • West Plains Civic Center will remain CLOSED
    • Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex/Park Play Structures will remain CLOSED.
    • Parks and trails are open for waling.
    • North Terra Golf Course Pro Shop is open with a maximum of six people (employees included) in the building.
    • Golf Cars are limited to one person per cart.
    • Ozark Heritage Welcome Center will remain CLOSED
    • Solid Waste Transfer Station is open.
    • Recycling will remain closed through the 8th.
    • West Plains Public Library has implemented a pick-up/book return process from 10 am-5 pm Monday – Friday. Reservations can be made online or by phone.  Limit of 10 items per customer.  Materials will be placed in the front hallway of the Library when customer arrives for pickup.  Doors will remain locked to the public this week.  They will be unlocked for customers arriving to pick up their materials in the hallway.
    • West Plains Transit will go back to short routes.  Customers can call if they need a ride.  Please adhere to the 6′ social distancing guidelines while on the bus.
    • West Plains Police Department is operating under normal operations.
    • West Plains Fire Department is operating under normal operations.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

  • Southern Missouri Community Health Center is seeing emergency dental and patients only.  Please call for more information.
  • Christos House Resale shop will open for donations with restricted hours starting May 4, 2020.  Their hours will be Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Volunteers are not picking up donations at this time.
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks has a COVID-19 Grant available for agencies assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A supplemental Giving Tuesday will be held May 5, 2020 to assist non profit organizations that are struggling due to COVID-19.  Feel free to contact the Chamber for a list of non profit organizations in our area.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

  • In an effort to assist with the phase 1 opening of Missouri businesses, Sugar Lily Bakery & Floral will remain closed to the public through the week of May 4, 2020. They will continue offering their pre-order curbside service.
  • To ensure their customers continued health, Wages Brewing Company will remain closed the week of May 4, 2020.  They will continue to offering their curbside services.
  • West Plains Senior Center will remain closed until further notice.  They will continue their current service options for customers.
  • Aid Downtown Antique Mall will reopen May 7th.  During the month of May their hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday- Saturday.  The coffee bar will be take out only. All customers are asked tow wear a mask as many of their customers are senior citizens.

Monday, April 27, 2020

  • The Small Business Administration will resume accepting Payroll Protection Program applications at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

  • The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area will open registration in their 2020 Summer Camp on May 13, 2020.  This camp will have a maximum occupancy of 72 members in order to conform to CDC social distancing guidelines.  After the capacity has been reached, they will be utilizing a waiting list for those who request it.  If the social distancing guidelines are lifted they will begin contacting members on the waiting list.
  • The Joe Nichols Cystic Fibrosis Concert for 2020 has been cancelled.

Monday, April 20, 2020

  • West Plains City Council will meet Monday, April 20 at 5:30 for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting can be viewed via Zoom on the City of West Plains Facebook page at meeting time. For the agenda please visit https://westplains.net/city-council-meeting-agenda/.

Friday, April 17, 2020

  • The HOBA Spring Bluegrass Festival set for June 4-6 has been cancelled.   They have also cancelled all other HOBA festivities until August 29, 2020.  This includes their May 30, 2020 Junk, Jam & Joes.
  • Starting Monday, April 20, 2020 the West Plains Transfer Station will be open by appointment only to essential businesses.  Call  256-6254  to schedule and appointment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

  • Ruby Tuesday is closed until further notice.
  • His Place Diaper Ministry in partnership with the Diaper Resource Center of West Plains will be distributing diapers April 29, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 1849 CR 6460 in West Plains.  A drive-thru window is available.  Contact 417-256-6147 for more information.

Friday, April 10,2020

  • Gordmans has closed all of their stores until further notice.
  • Meeks Lumber is offering curbside pickup.
  • Mega Motorsports is offering curbside pickup or delivery.
  • Tallburt Animal Health Center is closed to foot traffic.  If you have an appointment, please call upon arrival.  Medications can be picked up via their drive thru window.
  • The Glass Sword Cinema is closed until further notice.
  • U.S. Cellular will not charge any data overages from now until the end of May– no matter what plan a customer is on.
  • West Plains Pawn & Fine Jewelry have modified their store hours until further notice. They are now open Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
  • Westlake Ace Hardware have adjusted their store hours 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.  They will be closed Easter Sunday.
  • Westrock Orthodontics have temporarily closed their office until further notice.
  • Xtreme Audio Plus have temporarily shut down their showroom.  They are available by phone.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Missouri public and charter schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic school year.
  • West Plains Schools will remain close through April 30, 2020 to align with the City of West Plains Stay at Home Order.  School will resume May 1, 2020.
  • With the extension of the Stay at Home Order and at the recommendation of the CDC, the West Plains City Hall Lobby, West Plains Public Library, Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex/West Plains Parks and Recreation, West Plains Civic Center, Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, and the West Plains Senior Center will remain CLOSED to the public through April 30.
  • Chantilly’s Artisan Bakery has changed their store hours.  They are operating Wednesday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Colton’s Steak House & Grill is open Monday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • The Donut Palace is currently open Monday-Saturday only.
  • Skillets Cafe has closed until further notice.
  • Downtown Antique Mall is closed until further notice.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • The West Plains City Wide Cleanup originally scheduled for April 20-24 has been postponed to October 5-9.
  • The City of West Plains has lengthened their Stay-At-Home-Order to April 30, 2020.
  • Ozark Action Inc has modified their office hours.  They are now open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.
  • Richard’s School District has announced its closure until April 30, 2020 to align with the City of West Plains Stay at Home Order.  School will resume on May 1, 2020.

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Plains has postponed their Inside Yard Sale scheduled for May 7-8th.  A new date will be announced as soon as the Coronavirus Pandemic has been declared over.
  • Auntie Anne’s will remain closed until April 15, 2020.
  • Captain D’s Seafood is now offering delivery.
  • MSU-West Plains have announced adjusted lab hours for the Lybyer Computer Lab.  It is now available Monday-Friday from 10:00  a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It will be closed Saturdays and Sundays.  No more than 10 people are allowed in the lab at a time.
  • The City of West Plains will close the West Plains City Hall Lobby starting Tuesday, April 7.  Customers can still pay using the following methods:
    • Online at www.westplains.net
    • Use the drop box located outside of City Hall
    • West Plains Bank & Trust Company Drive-Thru
    • Wood & Huston Bank Drive-Thru
    • Regular mail
  • HB’s Boot Corral will be closed from April 7, 2020 until April 25, 2020.
  • Ruby Tuesday is offering Ruby’s Pantry.  Stock up on items such as toilet paper, milk, bread, burgers and more!

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • The City of West Plains is urging businesses to limit their occupancy load to 50% of their capacity.
  • Visit the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page @wpmochamber for the latest COVID-19 Dining Guide.
  • McDonald’s is offering family sized bundles.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Walmart is offering curbside delivery of prescriptions.  Parking for this service is the first five parking spots of row seven.  Call 417-256-7114 when you arrive.
  • Regular West Plains Transit Routes will discontinue Monday, April 6, 2020 thru Wednesday April 15, 2020.  The transit will only run for those needing necessities.  Call 256-1241 to schedule a ride.
  • Walmart will only allow customers to use the grocery (market) side entrance.  All other entrances will remain closed.
  • West Plains Municipal Court has postponed all court proceedings through May 1, 2020.  All matters scheduled for April 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. are now scheduled for July 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m..  Matters scheduled for April 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. are now scheduled for July 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
    • Fines payments are being accepted as follows:
    • Online at www.wpmunipay.com
    • By phone at 417-372-8573
    • By money order which can be mailed to: West Plains Municipal Court, P.O. Box 249, West Plains, MO 65775
    • Via Drop Box located int eh parking lot of City Hall.  Envelope should be clearly marked Municipal Court Payment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • West Plains Council on the Arts has announced the Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival scheduled for June 5-6 has been cancelled.  They look forward to seeing everyone June 4-5, 2021.
  • The City of West Plains Tourism Department has extended the deadline for the Community Grant Program Applications to April 30, 2020.
  • Walgreen’s has new store hours, 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Fairview School District has extended their closure until April 24th, resuming classes on April 27th.
  • West Plains Schools has extended their closure until April 24th, resuming classes on April 27th.
  • Horn’s Plumbing is open and doing curbside service.
  • West Plains Schools have postponed Prom to June 5, 2020 at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
  • West Plain Schools have postponed Graduation will be held June 6, 2020 at the West Plains civic Center at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sugar Lily Bakery & Floral is open Thursday and Friday for pre-orders only.  Orders must be in by 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.  Got to their Facebook page for more information.
  • OMC Thrift Store will be closed through April 15, 2020 per West Plains City Ordinance 4656.
  • Beginning this Sunday Pottersville Baptist Church will start hosting drive-in parking lot services.  They will be broadcast on KUKU 100.3 from 11:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • A permit is NOT required for employees to travel to and from their place of work.  
  • Missouri Extension Office’s are closed.
  • Contact Penmac Staffing Agency for available jobs  in our area.  Please call their office as the lobby is closed.
  • West Plains Area Farmers Market remains closed.  They are doing home deliveries.  Call 417-213-1148 for more information.
  • The West Plains Daily Quill has closed their lobby to the general public. They are available by phone or through email. 256-9191.
  • Shoe Sensation is offering 20% off each pair of healthcare-appropriate shoes.  They are also offering ordering over the phone or online at shoesensation.com.
  • Ozarks Medical Center has opened a COVID-19 Hotline for information regarding COVID screenings.  Nurses will assess your symptoms 24 hours a day. 417-505-7120
  • Ramey’s Supermarket is now offering curbside pickup.
  • Southern Hills Subway is offering curbside and to go ordering by phone call or the app.

Friday, March 27, 2020

  • The City of West Plains has declared a state of emergency and Stay at Home Order with Ordinance 4656.  This order begins 12:01 a.m. March 28, 2020 and lasting until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020.  For more information please visit www.westplains.net/coronavirus-update/.
  • Blessed Girls Flea Market will be closed from March 28, 2020 until April 15, 2020.
  • The Harlin Museum has postponed their 2020 Spring Art Show Competition.
  • El Charro is now delivering.  They will be taking delivery orders with a $20 minimum and will deliver inside city limits).  SOUTH location only.
  • Howell County Health Department issued a public health emergency order in alignment with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) latest COVID-19 guidance.
    • Effective 12:01 a.m. on March 30, 2020 until 12:01 a.m. on April 13, 2020:
      • All restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, clubs are to be closed to the public. Establishments may continue to provide curbside, drive-through and delivery services.
      • All large public gatherings of more than ten (10) people are prohibited. Exceptions include governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private business operations.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

  • OzSBI is assisting the Small Business Development Center to answer questions and details on the SBA Loans now available to businesses.  Please go to www.ozsbi.com or call their office for more information 417-256-9724.
  • Burton Creek urges patients to stay on top of your chronic disease management at this time.  Remember, providers scheduled visits for a reason.  Uncontrolled diabetes, other medical issues, and people age 60 or older have an increased risk of poor outcomes of COVID-19.  Burton Creek wants to continue doing everything possible to keep you healthy and well while minimizing your risk of exposure.
    • Things we are doing to keep you healthy and minimizing risk of exposure:
      • Continued heightened sterilization and infection prevention measures.  Frequent cleanings on door knobs, chairs, counters, etc.
      • Vigorous screening of anyone entering the building.
      • Virtual visits with all of our providers (including Mental Health).  E-mail [email protected] if you are interested.  Remember, not all visits can be completed virtually.
      • Virtual check in.  You can now wait in your car for your appointment and go directly to provider’s room when it becomes available, avoiding the waiting room.  Call 417-257-6111 to start your virtual check in.
      • Curbside medical visits and lab draws right in your car.  Call 417-257-6111 to start the process.
  • West Plains Senior Center has compiled a list of shops that are allowing special shopping for those over 60, expectant mothers and those vulnerable to illness:
    • Dollar General 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. DAILY
    • Wal-Mart 6:00 a.m.- 7:00 a.m. TUESDAYS
    • Aldi’s 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
  • D & D produce will open April 1, 2020 with a drive-thru/curbside ordering system.
  • West Plains Schools district bus stop meal service is running approximately 30 minutes behind schedule.
  • All Pet & Equine Supply is offering curbside pickup.
  • Small Business Association Portal is down temporarily. SBDC has advised to start completing a paper form in advance of entering the information online. If you need a copy of the paper form, please email [email protected]
  • Howell County Health Department has temporary waivers (until further notice) to avoid face-to-face WIC appointments. Instead, they will be doing WIC appointments over the phone as allowed. This includes certs, mid-certs and new participants. Until further notice, the Mountain View and Willow Springs clinics will be closed.
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites of West Plains is offering a “Day” rate for home bound guests trying to work from home.  They are offering quiet, clean, high speed internet rooms to be used as day offices.  Rooms include coffee maker and mini frig.  Rooms available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

  • West Plains Schools Continued Learning Packets are ready for pickup.
    • Student Drop Off & Pick Up Location
      Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Student Drop Off & Pick Up Location
      Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Student Drop Off & Pick Up Location
      Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Thursday – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      · Students with last names A-M – Front entrance of the high school
      · Students with last names N-Z – Entrance B behind the building near the cafeteria
      Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – For all those unable to pick up packets on Wednesday.
  • Ozark Pizza Company has created a Pizza Kit for your take home pleasure.  It includes a 12 inch dough ball, sauce, cheese and you can choose 2 toppings.
  • Beginning March 30, 2020 Ozark Independent Living staff members will be working from home until further notice.  CDS (Consumer Directed Services) will continue uninterrupted.
  • Fidelity Communications programming partners are offering FREE extended previews for all cable customers.  Hallmark Channels available until May 13, Game Show Network available until April 30, FOX News Channel available until April 18, Outdoor Channel available until April 30 and Sportsman Channel available until April 30.
  • Supreme Court of Missouri and the State of Missouri, the West Plains Municipal Court has postponed all court proceedings through April 17. Trials scheduled for April 9 are now postponed to May 14 at the same time previously scheduled. Those matters scheduled for April 16 are now scheduled for June 25 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Ozarks Medical Center is implementing new visitor restrictions effective immediately.  As of March 25, OMC is ONLY allowing visitors in the following areas:
    • End-of-life care: The patient’s clinical team can make exceptions at their discretion.
    • Pediatrics: One parent or guardian per day.
    • Labor and Delivery and Postpartum: One support person for labor and delivery patients.
    • Visitors in the areas of the hospitals not mentioned above will not be allowed.
  • West Plains Christian Clinic has closed until further notice.  If you need a refill, please call 293-3303.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

  • BÜRO has closed their showroom.  They are continuing to take orders online (www.thinkburo.com) or over the phone for curbside pickup or delivery.
  • Bootleggers BBQ will be changing to call ahead or online orders only.  They are moving to a card only payment system to help continue to reduce the points of contact their employees are exposed to. They are offering delivery.  Call for details.
  • West Plains Public Library will be closed until April 15, 2020.  The book drop will also be closed. Fines will not accrue and memberships expiring have been extended.
  • Wages Brewing Company is allowing curbside pickup only.  Please call in your order.
  • Spring Dipper will be closed starting March 25, 2020.
  • West Plains Area Farmers Market will remain closed until April 11, 2020.  This includes their delivery service.
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation waiving permit requirements starting March 27th and going until April 15th for sport fishing and daily trout-tag requirements for Missouri residents and nonresidents whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended.   All season dates and limits will continue to apply and be enforced.
  • West Plains Schools continued learning packets pick up will be available on Wednesday. Please see the individual building times and dates below. If parents are unable to pick up packets during the times below, please call 256-6155 to make other arrangements. – . . .Student Drop Off & Pick Up Location
    Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Student Drop Off & Pick Up Location
    Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Student Drop Off & Pick Up Location
    Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    · Students with last names A-M – Front entrance of the high school
    · Students with last names N-Z – Entrance B behind the building near the cafeteria
    Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – For all those unable to pick up packets on Wednesday.
  • Circle C & K Clothing and Western Store is offering curbside pickup.
  • Bridges of West Plains is open Monday-Friday (10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.).  For more information or to donate, please call 256-6155.
  • FLO Fitness Studio is limiting their patrons to 5 in the studio at a time.
  • The Harlin Museum will remain closed until March 31, 2020.
  • John J. Pershing VA Medical Center is continuing to see pre-scheduled outpatient veterans.  They are requesting no walk-in’s at this time.  Veterans will be screen when they arrive.  Veterans are only allowed 1 adult to accompany them.
    • For medication refill requests please call 1-888-557-8262.
    • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.
    • If you need to get a message to your primary care team, call 1-888-557-8262.
  • The City of West Plains will be suspending their Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Program starting March 30, 2020 until further notice.
  • City of West Plains Parks’ Play Structures, Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex, North Terra Pro Shop will close March 25, 2020.  Outdoor Parks and trails in the city will remain open.
  • North Terra Golf Course will remain open for its regular members.  Rental and lease carts will be unavailable.
  • West Plains City Hall Lobby will be open to the public for utility payments starting March 25.  City is urging people to pay online, mail payments, use the drop box, pay at West Plains Bank & Trust Company/Wood & Huston Bank drive-thru’s.

Monday, March 23, 2020

  • Howell Oregon Electric has closed their lobby.
  • Mo Job Centers has suspended in-person service beginning March 20, 2020 for one week.  The Centers will still be staffed for phone and email assistance.
  • Census 2020 Field Operations have been suspended until April 1, 2020.
  • Drivers License and Vehicle Renewals for the months of March and April have been granted a 60 day extension.
  • AmVets Post 98 have suspended their Bingo Games until April 2, 2020.
  • Hart Family Eyecare will close their lobby effective March 26, 2020.  Call their office for services, they will be checking messages regularly.
  • Rubydoo’s Vintage Events will close March 20, 2020 and will remain closed through April 3, 2020.
  • OMC Thrift Store is closing effective immediately and will remain closed until further notice.
  • Southern Magnolia Boutique has limited their hours.  They are now open Monday – Friday 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  You can visit them online.
  • Pacific Beach Tanning & Fitness will b closed Monday, March 23, 2020 and hope to reopen April 6, 2020.  Packages will be honored.
  • Cleea’s At Home Market is closed until further notice. You can still shop with them online.
  • JCPenny has closed their stores until April 2, 2020.

Friday, March 20, 2020

  • Towne & Country Taxi services are available to help with delivery methods for local restaurants.  Call 255-5608.
  • The Casting Crowns Concert set for April April 3, 2020 at the West Plains Civic Center has been rescheduled to October 1, 2020.
  • The Howell Oregon Electric Cooperative has rescheduled their 81st Annual Meeting of Membership to July 21, 2020 at the West Plains Civic Center.
  • Buckin’ in the Plains Professional Bull Riding scheduled for April 10-11 at the West Plains Civic Center has been cancelled.  Refunds will be issued at the Civic Center box office when they reopen or directly if you purchased through Ticketmaster.
  • John Conlee show at the West Plains Civic Center has been rescheduled to August 20, 2020.
  • Southern Bank announced that they will be suspending lobby access starting March 23, 2020.  They will continue to operate as primarily drive-thru.
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church has postponed their Annual Yard Sale from April 2-3 to May 7-8, 2020.
  • City of West Plains changes to Transit Routes starting Monday March 23, 2020.
    • Monday, March 23, the West Plains Transit will run every hour to these locations, beginning with:
      • South Towers Apartments at 8 a.m.,
      • Walnut Grove Apartments at 8:02 a.m.,
      • Walmart at 8:17 a.m.,
      • West Vue Apartments at 8:30 a.m.,
      • OMC at 8:32 a.m.,
      • Ramey Grocery Store at 8:35 a.m.
      • last pickup of the day being at Ramey Grocery Store at 3:35 p.m.
      • Due to the recommendation from the Howell County Health Department and the CDC, there will be no more than 10 people on the bus at a time, including the driver. These changes will be in effect until April 15 or unless otherwise needed. In between each route buses will be cleaned and disinfected for the safety of passengers and the driver.
      • Citizens can call 256-1241 if they are not at the route locations or need to go elsewhere to arrange pickup.
  • Burton Creek Medical Clinic will be offering virtual medical visits.  Please e-mail [email protected] No phone calls will be accepted.
  • West Plains Soccer Association has postponed the soccer season and all practices.
  • Simmons Bank will be closing their lobbies starting Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Ozark Action, Inc.  will be closing their lobby and all outreach programs to the public starting Monday, March 23, 2020.  Application forms will be available in paper format.  The staff will also be doing phone intakes in an effort to maintain social distance.
  • South Central Workforce Investment Board is closed to the public.  They will continue to service customers by phone, e-mail, postal mail and will have a drop box located outside the two job centers for paperwork drop off.
  • The Howell County Health Department is cancelling the WIC satellite clinic in Mtn View on March 25th and the WIC satellite clinic in Willow Springs on April 1st.
  • MFA Oil will be closing their lobbies to the public immediately.  They are still available by phone/email and will continue deliveries.
  • Friday, March 20th Wages Brewing Company’s last evening serving pints and dinner, from 5 to 8 PM. For Saturday, carryout beer only from Noon to 5 PM. Next week, they will assess their plans and have an announcement by Tuesday.
  • West Plains Council on the Arts has rescheduled BrewFest and the 4th Annual AHA/BJCP home brew competition to August 1, 2020 at the West Plains Civic Center.
  • West Plains School District has also made preparations for free daily grab-and-go food pick-up for families who need this service beginning on Monday, March 23 the following locations:
    • Breakfast & Lunch Locations form 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
      • High school tennis courts-gravel parking lots
      • South Fork Elementary parking lot
      • Southern Hills Shopping Center
      • Ozarks Medical Center Thrift Store
      • Boys & Girls Club
    • Snack & Dinner Pickup 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
      • Boys & Girls Club
  • West Plains Council on the Arts has rescheduled the Mason Jar Welcome Sign Workshop from April 14, 2020 to August 11.
  • West Plains Council on the Arts has moved their “Everyday Sights” photo exhibit to July 26-August 16 with a reception on August 8 from 2-4 p.m.
  • West Plains Council on the Arts has rescheduled their Lunch With Art from May to August 10th.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

  • El Charro is continuing to sanitize their dinning area.  As of March 19 2020 , they will not seat parties of 10 or more.  They are urging customers to call ahead and schedule takeout.
  • The 32nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Concert held in the West Plains Civic Center has been rescheduled to May 23, 2020.
  • Walmart Supercenter and Neighborhood Markets across the U.S. have reduced their hours as of March 19, 2020.  Their current hours of operation are 7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m until further notice.
  • Faith Assembly of God (Pomona) will not be holding services for the next two weeks.  They are working on details to bring their services online.
  • Fidelity Communications has set up a WiFi hotspot for public use in the parking lot of the local office (3201 N. US Hwy 63) in West Plains.  Additionally, they are offering payment deferrals and waiving late fees for their customers for 60 days.
  • Snider’s Family Restaurant has decided to close for the remainder of the week to sanitize and disinfect.  They will reopen Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzel’s is offering delivery at no fee with a $7 minimum order until April 1st.  They are also offering curbside and online ordering.  Their current hours are 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
  • TJ’s Hickory House is offering curbside, take out and dine-in.
  • The Uber Lady is working with several dining establishments to make deliveries.  For more information, please call 417-204-1266.
  • Cleea’s At Home Market is open Monday-Friday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
  • AmVets Post 98 has cancelled Bingo through April 2nd.
  • The Boys and Girls Club at both the West Plains and Thayer locations will be suspending all services, activities, gatherings, etc. starting Monday, March 23, 2020 and will remain closed until all the local school districts resume operations.
  • Arby’s is operating as drive thru only.
  • Domino’s is offering drive through, curbside and delivery services.
  • Colton’s Steak House is offering delivery services.
  • Wages Brewing Company is offering dine-in dinner as well as to go orders.  Their current hours are Tuesday- Saturday 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.).
  • OzSBI’s office is closed to the public but they are continuing to provide business counseling through alternative formats such as Zoom, phone calls and other online formats.
  • West Plains School District will be closed until April 3rd.  All Buildings will be closed through Friday, April 3.  Effective Monday, March 23 all athletic, activities, practices, events and school building rentals are canceled through Sunday, April 5th.
  • West Plains School District has also made preparations for free daily grab-and-go food pick-up for families who need this service beginning on Monday, March 23 the following locations:
    • Breakfast & Lunch Locations form 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
      • High school tennis courts-gravel parking lots
      • South Fork Elementary parking lot
      • Southern Hills Shopping Center
      • Ozarks Medical Center Thrift Store
      • Boys & Girls Club
    • Snack & Dinner Pickup 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
      • Boys & Girls Club
  • The Bridges Program will be available Monday-Friday (10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m).
  • West Plains Teachers and staff will be meeting next week to develop alternative learning options for students.
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks is currently closed to walk-in traffic.  They will be available by phone, email or teleconference until further notice.
  • Taco Alejandros has both their dine-in and drive thru available.
  • All Arvest bank branch lobbies and in-store branches will be closed starting Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice.
  • Fidelity Communications is now offering low cost 15 Mbps internet for $10 per month to families in need for the next 60 days.
  • West Plains Bank & Trust Company will be closing branch lobbies effective Friday, March 20, 2020.  Online banking, ATM’s, mobile banking, drive through and  banking by phone will still be accessible.  Safety deposit boxes, new loan business as well as new accounts will be conducted by appointment.
  • Towne & Country Taxi is currently acting as a delivery service for take out orders.  Call 255-5608.
  • The Ranch House is offering delivery, curbside pickup, carry out and dine in services.  They are limiting their seating to accommodate extra room between patrons and tables.
  • Hardee’s is currently drive thru and dine in.  Call 256-8870.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  • Bless UR Heart Boutique will be adjusting their store hours.  Through the month of March they will be operating from Thursday-Friday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), Saturday (10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) with free curbside service for those who order from their website/Facebook page.
  • West Plains Bank & Trust Company will be maintaining their lobby hours.  However, they are requesting that if you can bank electronically or over the phone to please do so.
  • Ozarks Medical Center Chaplains Meeting for March 19 has been cancelled.
  • Cutting Warehouse Salon will be closed for two weeks starting March 21st.
  • Creative Cakes 2 will be offering curbside service and free delivery within city limits.
  • Chen’s Garden has temporarily closed out of an abundance of caution for their customers.
  • South Central Ozark Council of Government’s employees will begin working remotely March 18 lasting through the 31st.
  • Ozark Action has cancelled Head Start with a return date that is to be announced.
  • Governor Parson has issued an Executive Order 20-03.  This orders all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020.
  • His Place Ministry has cancelled in-person services for March 18th and March 22nd.  They will be live streaming their services online.  Go to YouTube and search His Place House of Worship at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bootleggers BBQ has provided more space between tables and is currently sanitizing everything on the tables (bottles, salt and pepper shakers included) in conjunction with sanitizing tables and chairs.  They have removed the paper towels and flip cards from tables.  They also have a drive thru for call-ahead orders.
  • Ozark Independent Living will be closed to the public starting March 20, 2020.  Staff will still be onsite to answer phone calls.  Paperwork can be delivered through the mail slot on the front door.  Transportation services and new orders for adaptive phones through the TAP telephone program have been suspended.
  • Maurices will be closing all stores across the US effective end of day today.  Their website will remain operational.
  • Missouri Department of Conservation will close nature centers and visitor centers starting March 19, 2020 going through April 15, 2020.  All conservation areas, area trails, boat accesses will remain open to the public.  MDC offices and shooting ranges will remain open under normal operating hours.  Hunting, fishing, and trapping seasons continue as scheduled.  MDC managed hunts and mentored spring turkey hunts continue as planned.
  • Cleea’s At Home Market is currently operating Monday-Saturday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).  They will assist with curbside pickup if you call ahead.
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church has implemented the following guidelines effective immediately and until further notice:  Public Masses have been suspended.  Masses will be broadcast via live-stream on their Facebook page. Funeral masses are to be with the deceased and immediate family only.  Weddings are limited to bride, groom, parents and witnesses.  Baptisms are limited to parents, godparents and immediate family only. Confessions/anointment are to be arranged privately.
  • Community 1st Banking Company has announced, effective March 19, 2020, lobbies in all branch locations will be closed until further notice.  ATM’s, drive-through lanes, mobile banking and online banking will continue.  If you need to access your safety deposit box, please contact your branch to schedule an appointment.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  • The Chamber of Commerce has cancelled all meetings and events for the month of March.
  • The West Plains Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the April 2nd Luncheon Meeting.
  • Ozarks Medical Center has all patients and visitors required to enter the hospital through a single entrance located through the doors on the North side of the building beside the emergency department.  No one under the age of 18, who is not seeking treatment, will be allowed in the hospital. Each patient will be limited to one visitor per patient, per day.
  • McDonald’s will be open to drive-thru traffic only.
  • Country at Heart is offering free curb side pick up or delivery service within the city limits for those who do not wish to get out.
  • MSU-WP has extended spring break by one week. Beginning March 30th, in-person classes at the West Plains and Mountain Grove campuses will be provided through alternative means. Face-to-face classes will be canceled through the end of the spring semester.
  • MSU WP University/Community Programs has cancelled all up coming theater events.
  • All Girl Scouts offices, retail stores and program centers are closed until further notice.  Their online retail shop will remain open.
  • OzSBI has postponed workshops and events for the next eight weeks.  In-person meetings are encouraged to reschedule through phone, email or the Zoom app.  OzSBI is continuing to operate under their normal business hours.
  • 37th Judicial CASA has postponed their Blue Dress/Dress Blue Walk/Run 5K until May 30, 2020.
  • OMC Pharmacy will be operating their Drive Thru service only.
  • Women’s Library Club 125th Anniversary has been postponed.
  • MU Howell County Extension office has postponed all workshops including the Horse Nutrition and Pasture Management Workshop that was set for April 11th.
  • Kloz Klozet will limit the days they are open to Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. until April 3rd.  Facebook and Instagram accounts will continue to be updated.
  • West Plains Municipal Court has postponed all court proceeding for March 19th, 26th, and April 2nd.  New dates for March 19th and 26th are now June 4th.  The court will continue to accept fine payments.
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol has suspended all driver road tests.  Only written tests will be given.
  • Dollar General has dedicated their first hour of business to senior citizens.
  • Colton’s Steak House & Grill new hours are Sunday-Thursday (10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.) and Friday-Saturday (10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.) Tables are spaced 6 feet apart, peanut buckets will only be filled a quarter of the way (disposing of peanuts and sanitizing buckets after each use), menus and check presents are sanitized after each use.
  • Higher Ground Coffee Company has suspended ‘bring your own cup’.
  • Wages Brewing Company has suspended refilling external growlers.  They will continue to fill new growlers and cans.
  • OzCon that was set for April 24-26 at the West Plains Civic Center has been cancelled.
  • West Plains Civic Center pool and fitness center will be closed March 18-31.  An announcement will be made at a later date for beyond March 31.  Memberships will be adjusted accordingly.
  • West Plains Public Library, Jimmie Carroll Sports Complex, West Plains Parks & Recreation, West Plains Civic Center, Welcome Center and the West Plains Senior Center will be closed to the public March 18-31, unless further action is needed to expand the closures.
  • Ozark Action, Inc has cancelled their HUD Section 8 Housing briefing scheduled for March 19th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Ozark Action, Inc Head Start will be closed until the 20th.
  • Ozarks Medical Center has cancelled the Girls Night Out event that was scheduled to take place March 31st.
  • West Plains Public Library has locked their outside book drops and asked that patrons keep materials currently checked out until they resume operations.  Fines during this time will not accrue.
  • OMC Thrift Store will be implementing Seniors only shopping from 9-10 a.m. starting March 19th until further notice.
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area has made the decision to temporarily halt major community events, guest speakers, and non-essential volunteers at the Club.
  • Howell Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc. has postponed their 81st Annual Meeting of Membership that was originally scheduled for May 1st.