This story was last updated Tuesday, July 28.
Springfield-Greene County is preparing to move into the 3A phase of the Road to Recovery plan which allows businesses to remain open under varying restrictions and guidelines. In addition, according to a press release on the City of Springfield website, on the evening of Monday, July 13, "City Council approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community."
Recently, CoxHealth announced their #MaskUp417 initiative to encourage community members to wear masks when in public. This grassroots effort encourages you to take a selfie in your mask and post it to social media, using the hashtag, to help encourage others in your orbit to wear a mask in public spaces as well.
Individuals and businesses in the Springfield community have been working hard to make masks available if you don't have one and don't wish to make one yourself. We've gathered a list of small, local businesses you can support and pick up a mask today.
5 Pound Apparel
Downtown: 417-368-6401 | Farmer's Park: 417-720-2643
5 Pound Apparel has been expanding their mask offering with plenty of patterns to choose from and sizes for children and adults. Masks are available in-store at both locations as well as online and range from $6.50–$17.
A Cricket in the House
A Cricket in the House has handmade masks in a wide range of patterned fabrics available in-store. Adult sizes are $11.95 and child's sizes are $9.95, and new batches come in 2 to 3 times each week.
A Wench in the Gear
Up on Historic C-Street, grab an adult or child handmade cotton mask from A Wench in the Gear. Masks include filtration pockets and are available in over 200 fabric patterns. Hand-cut leather masks with cotton liners are also available with patterned cut-outs for breathability. Prices start at $20 per mask, but discounts are available for privately owned small businesses wishing to purchase in bulk for their staff. Purchases can be made through their Facebook page as well as in-store with curbside pickup also available. Free shipping is available for purchases over $100.
AR Workshop Springfield
Located on Battlefield Road across from Hobby Lobby, AR Workshop has a variety of cotton/spandex masks for adults and children for $8 per mask. Store hours vary based on classes being held on-site, but you can message them on Facebook to arrange a time for pick-up.
Baglady Boutique sells traditional face masks as well as Karma half and full headbands that can be worn around the neck and pulled up to cover your mouth and nose. The headbands are sold in-store for $11.95–$12.95 and the masks (available in a wide variety of patterns) are available for $12.95