Since students came back to town, both MU and Columbia Police have been breaking up gatherings that have exceeded the size limit set by city ordinance. Both agencies say they've been using those opportunities to “educate” students about the rules and staying safe.

The changes announced Friday in the ordinance by the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department reduces the maximum public and private gathering size from 100 people to 20, aligning with the 20-person limit set by MU. The exception to this limit is any gathering or event held at a business or institution, which remains limited to 50% occupancy of the space or 100 people, whichever is less.

For more COVID-19 related news, see our section dedicated to COVID-19 updates.
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