UPDATED: January 22, 2021
The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) first priority is the safety and health of its visitors, its industry partners and its team. Our hospitality community is carefully following the guidelines of the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health department authorities. The city of Columbia and the County of Boone are no longer under a stay at home order. Information about what is permitted now that the order has been lifted can be found on Columbia’s Coronavirus Resource Page under Reopening and Recovery Documents.
The requirement to wear a face mask for all persons 10 years old and above is currently in effect. It is currently extended through February 16, 2021. You can review the entire ordinance opens in a new windowhere.
At this time, there are multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Boone County. The Columbia CVB highly recommends travelers follow protocols directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the CDC and U.S. State Department
Should you find yourself feeling ill while in Columbia and Boone County, the region is served by these major healthcare providers:
- University Hospital – University of Missouri
- Boone Hospital Center
- Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19. The hotline is open and can be reached at 877.435.8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel to Columbia and/or Missouri?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has consistently advised the public to practice everyday preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, as typical in the current flu and respiratory disease season. There are no travel restrictions or advisories in the domestic U.S., which includes Columbia, Boone County and the state of Missouri. If you are concerned about travel within the United States, please check updated CDC recommendations here.
Are there any closures of note for visitors to Columbia, such as attractions, hotels, restaurants or meeting venues?
As is true in every other city, residents and visitors alike are asked to observe public health recommendations. Many other local businesses are operating are now using curbside pickup and/or delivery. The CVB has created an online listing that is being updated constantly. The city of Columbia and the County of Boone are no longer under a stay at home order. Information about what is permitted now that the order has been lifted can be found on Columbia’s Coronavirus Resource Page under Reopening and Recovery Documents.
What is the impact on the tourism industry in Columbia and Boone County?
The decision to cancel meetings and events is creating and will continue to result in a significant impact on the local economy and to the workers whose jobs and livelihoods are affected by reductions in these events. Over 11,000 people in Boone County directly or indirectly depend on tourism for their job.