On Wednesday, the City of Neosho announced the closure of some park areas including tennis courts, playground equipment areas, and baseball fields to the public.

Open spaces in the city park system will remain home during the posted hours of 5 a.m. through midnight. This includes all walking/biking trails.

The park area closures were to made in an effort to prevent the gathering of people in groups more than 10, to increase social distancing and to protect the public health.

The city's statement announcing the changes urged residents to maintain social distancing and also stated: It is everyone's personal responsibility to follow the guidance provided by local, state and federal government to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community as safe as possible from the spread of the disease.

On Monday, the Neosho City Council voted against an ordinance that would have called for a citywide stay at home/shelter in place requirement. Statewide, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase and the same holds true nationwide.