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St. Joseph City Council votes to reopen city

With a 6-3 vote Wednesday, the city council elected to allow phase one of the city's reopening plan to expire Monday, June 15.

Posted: Jun 12, 2020 11:53 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) With a 6-3 vote Wednesday, St. Joseph city council elected to allow phase one of the city's reopening plan to expire Monday, June 15.

During a work session, there was a debate over allowing businesses to get back to normal versus listening to the health experts and continuing with caution.

St. Joseph mayor Bill McMurray said the ultimate decision was not just based on positive cases of Covid-19, but also the health of the economy.

“You follow the medical opinion and the metrics and the economics,” McMurray said. “It’s kind of like a three-legged stool, the medical opinion, the metrics and the economics and try and strike the right balance so that everyone will be safe and we can continue to balance lives and livelihoods.”

McMurray said the council will continue to meet weekly to review progress.

The mayor added that city hall will issue an “executive suggestion” for food service workers and others to continue wearing masks but there will be no order to do so.

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More hot and humid weather on the way for today with highs back in the upper 90s with some areas reaching triple digits. Use caution when spending time outside because heat index values will once again be in the triple digits for many. A cold front will start to approach our area tonight and stall to our north giving us a few chances for showers and thunderstorms overnight, however this activity will not be widespread. Temperatures will still be above average this weekend with highs in the 90s. A few lingering rain chances will continue this weekend, but much of the weekend will be dry. The cold front will move through the area early next week giving us some much cooler temperatures. High will be back down in the upper 70s and lower 80s to start off next week.
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