COLUMBIA— Columbia residents might soon be required to wear a mask in public.
City Manager John Glascock has started to draft an ordinance to require masks in all public settings in Columbia. Mayor Brian Treece announced his push for the ordinance on Friday.
“With rising cases of coronavirus, this is a responsible & simple public health initiative to curb the spread of COVID-19, protect public health and keep our economy open,” Treece said in his tweet.
The state has seen an average 8.4% increase in case numbers measured over a 7 day period. Boone County faced an average .18% increase in case numbers in the same time frame.
In Boone County, more tests are positive.
“What our concern is we’re seeing more and more new cases every day,” Scott Clardy, assistant director of Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services, said. “The positivity rate has increased over time significantly. We were at 0.4 percent at the beginning of May, and now we are 8.2 percent.”
Council member Ian Thomas said Columbia has two options to slow the increase in cases. The first option is to shutdown and force distancing again. The second option is a face mask requirement.
“I favor implementing a mask ordinance first because it’s far less intrusive on people,” Thomas said. “Far less damaging to the local economy and people’s lives. It’s really not a huge burden to have to wear a mask in certain situations when you’re out and about.”
The Boone County Health Department and the city’s law department started drafting the ordinance on Friday. It will then go to the city manager. The goal is to have it completed by the City Council meeting on July 6.
Currently, there are limited details of what the ordinance will enforce.
“The details haven’t been worked out yet, whether it would apply outdoors as well as indoors. Whether it would apply in public spaces. Private spaces such as business that the public go into,” Thomas said.
Thomas has been reaching out to people in Columbia to gauge their opinions about a mask ordinance.
“I’ve heard people on both sides of it,” Thomas said. “Some people are very alarmed feel it’s an overreach by government. It’s certainly not an ideal thing to do, but when your comparing it to the outcomes with and without public health protection like this and the possibility of very many more serious illnesses and deaths in our community, I think it warrants appropriate steps.”
Columbia Public Schools released its re-entry plan released June 22. In the plan, CPS asks said all employees are “strongly encouraged to wear a mask/face covering.” A followup document sent Monday said that all students are “expected” to wear masks.
For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent.
According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 35% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last year did so to avoid paying a commission or fee. But, homes sold with an agent net 6% more than those sold as a FSBO according to Collateral Analytics.
Before you decide to take on the challenge of selling your house on your own, let’s connect to discuss your options.
OK, we’ll admit that summer 2020 has been a bit of a buzzkill so far: Between derailed travel plans and being forced to spend more time stuck inside (for the fourth month in a row, and counting), it’s not exactly the new decade we all dreamed of.
But we’re glass-half-full kind of people. And the silver lining of all this time at home means more time to decorate and transform our space into an oasis we’re almost glad to be cooped up in.
Ready to ditch the quarantine clutter and rid your home of those stale spring looks? We consulted with designers from coast to coast about the hottest home decor that’s trending right now. These five looks are sure to transform your space into one of those lush, tropical locales you’ll be missing this season, and make long days at a home feel a little sweeter.
1. Curved sofas
Nothing speaks to kicking back and relaxing quite like one of these oversize, curved couches.
“A curved couch is a symbol of comfort,” says Colin Haentjens, interior designer for The Knobs Company. “Without 90-degree corners, the only sharp parts of the couch are removed. And the shape is reminiscent of a bean-shaped swimming pool—so you can imagine diving right in to beat the heat.”https://www.realtor.com/myhome/homewidget
Finished furniture is out this season, and being replaced by something much more rustic and natural-looking.
“The use of raw materials isn’t new, but its resurgence this summer speaks to a desire to incorporate natural textures and materials into the home,” says design blogger Jaime Huffman of the Charleston Blonde. “Raw materials, like furniture made from live-edge wood, are a way to have one-of-a-kind items in your space, and they take on a timeless quality that will suit any design style.”
Shop the perfect live-edge piece for your home by browsing this collection on Etsy.
3. Floral wallpaper
Flowers aren’t just blooming in the garden this year, as more and more designers flock toward the floral wallpaper trend.
“From large and abstract to intricate and botanical—every kind of flower imaginable is showing up on walls,” says Huffman. “Done right, floral wallpaper can transform your space into one of color and creativity, and works great in small spaces like bathrooms or as an accent wall in a larger space.”
Canopy beds aren’t just for exotic rentals—they’ll also give an instant (and modern) boost to your current bedroom style.
“Canopy beds transform a bed into a private, tranquil space for rest, and create quite the atmosphere you want in a master bedroom,” says Huffman. “Especially for the summer season, more modern, simple-style canopy beds recall the look of a poolside cabana, turning the bedroom into a true oasis.”
Plus, there are a wide variety of canopy styles; you can choose from a more traditional, romantic four-poster look, or opt for something more modern and linear to fit your own individual taste.
While you might not be jet-setting to any islands this summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your own island—that is, the one in your kitchen. While many kitchen designs include a stationary island, we love the added flexibility of these trending island carts.
“An island instantly transforms a kitchen, adding functionality, storage, and counter space,” says Huffman. “Add wheels, and the opportunities expand!”
An island on wheels adds extra value in a small kitchen space, so you can move it to where it’s needed most, she adds.
“After so many months spent inside, many people are looking for ways to refresh their space,” Huffman says. “And an island on wheels makes a huge impact without having to put in the planning and construction necessary for a stationary island.”
To stop the spread of COVID-19, the real estate industry is pivoting away from in-person events and embracing virtualization. But, renting is a big decision–how is a tenant supposed to choose the right apartment without stepping foot inside? Enter: virtual showings. Real estate agents are leading stand out virtual showings–either by FaceTiming their client or recording a comprehensive walk through–to keep real estate running as usual. Scroll down to see 5 secrets of virtual showings for real estate agents.
5 Secrets for Stand Out Virtual Showings
1. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Good Lighting
As any good photographer knows–it’s all about light. So, make sure that you’re doing your apartment justice by filming your virtual showing with great lighting. Go during the day, and experiment with what looks best on camera. Got shadowy corners in the apartment? Could the living room use a couple of extra pieces of floor lighting? Bring your own gear. Purchase a small, handheld light and shine it in the dark areas of the apartment to get your client the best possible view.
2. Mind Your Windows
Be mindful of windows in your apartment. All the light that comes streaming through large windows can distort the visuals in your virtual tours. Windows can totally white out an image, or can make a room go very dark, so be careful. When you move your camera to show an area with lots of windows, go quickly and don’t linger on the light-source.
3. Practice Beforehand
Whether you’ve chose to send your client a pre-recorded video of an apartment or you’ve decided to live-stream a showing while your client is on FaceTime, do a dry-run. There, rehearse the key selling point, and features of the apartment. Even if you’ve been leading showings for years, using a phone to do the job might throw you for a loop. Don’t take any chances. Instead, show up twenty minutes before you’ve agreed to FaceTime your client and rehearse your main talking points and the path you’ll take through the apartment. If you’re opting for a pre-recorded showing, try filming a couple of takes before you select the one you’ll send to your client.
4. Keep Things Steady with a Stabilization Device
Ever been on FaceTime with someone taking a walk and felt yourself get seasick by the movement? Make sure your clients have a better experience (and are able to see the apartment in its best light!) by investing in a cheap stabilization device (a pop socket or another type of grip), or, if you want to spend a little bit money, purchase a dolly–a tripod with wheels. It’s possible that virtual showings will become the norm for a while, so adapt and make sure you can give your client a smooth ride as you explore potential homes.
5. Don’t Take Wi-Fi For Granted: How Will Your Service Be?
If you’re leading a live-showing (FaceTiming your client at a specified time), good Wi-Fi is a must. A bad reception can garble the images your apartment, and–worse– disconnect repeatedly and cause a stressful and frustrating experience for both you and your client. When you call ahead to the landlord or property manager to let them know that you’ll be conducting a virtual showing, ask them about their WiFi situation. If it’s not good, you might need to dip into your data, or let your client know that a pre-recorded showing might work better.
6. Go Beyond Descriptive Words:
This is great to keep in mind even if you’re leading in-personal showings–make sure to use very precise descriptions.
Instead of saying: “This open concept living-dining room is pretty big.”
Say: “This open concept living-dining room could comfortably fit a round table for four and two couches.”
It can be tough to really get a good sense of space using a screen, so help your client envision what these spaces look like in real life with your words.
7. Don’t Rush: Walk Slow and Leave Time for Comments
Don’t rush your good work! It can be tough to envision something from an iPhone screen, so take your time walking through the apartment and showing off its fantastic features. Ask your client if you are moving too slow or too fast, and be sure to course-correct your pace as per their recommendations
8. Luxury Apartment? Best to Leave it To the Professionals
Are you working with luxury apartments? If so, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Connect with real estate photographers and see if they would be willing to lead a virtual showing for your client. Yes, it’s an extra expense. However, professionals have long-range cameras that will be able to capture depth in a much more realistic and compelling way than your iPhone can, and will know best-practices to make your showings successful. It’s an expense well worth it if you’re working for clients seeking luxury apartments. And, the opportunity to network with another real estate professional can grow your sphere of influence, and maybe even generate referrals.
As the home sales cycle softens in response to COVID, the flexibility and affordability of rentals is starting to increase in popularity. With Rental Beast, real estate agents can connect with eager renters, search thousands of no co-broke apartment units with virtual showing capacity, and quickly process leasing applications. We’re the end-to-end leasing platform that makes rentals simple and profitable for real estate agents. Click here to learn more about the Rental Beast platform, and see how rentals can help you supercharge your business.
A worldwide pandemic and an economic recession have had a tremendous effect on the nation. The uncertainty brought about by both has made predicting consumer behavior nearly impossible. For that reason, forecasting home prices has become extremely difficult.
Normally, there’s a simple formula to determine the future price of any item: calculate the supply of that item in ratio to the demand for that item. In housing right now, demand far exceeds supply. Mortgage applications to buy a home just rose to the highest level in 11 years while inventory of homes for sale is at (or near) an all-time low. That would usually indicate strong appreciation for home values as we move throughout the year.
Some experts, however, are not convinced the current rush of purchasers is sustainable. Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Haus, explained in their June 2020 Hausing Market Forecast why there is concern:
“The upswing that we’ll see this summer is a result of pent-up demand from homebuyers and supply-in-progress from homebuilders that has simply been pushed off a few months. However, after this pent-up demand goes away, the true economic scarring due to the pandemic will begin to affect the housing market as the tide of pent-up demand goes out.”
The virus and other challenges currently impacting the industry have created a wide range of thoughts regarding the future of home prices. Here’s a list of analysts and their projections, from the lowest depreciation to the highest appreciation:
Graduations, birthdays, and holiday celebrations look a little different this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. OK, a lot different. Virtual events have filled the gaps, of course, but it can be hard to muster joy when you’re forced to celebrate at home.
Still, the dear old Dad in your life deserves to be celebrated on Father’s Day, which means you might want to try to up the ante this year. Sure, breakfast in bed is great, but why not get creative and try a new activity that’ll make it a day to remember?
To celebrate this season, here are seven inventive ways to fete Pop on Father’s Day.
1. Have an inflatable pool party
Try this idea for dads who are missing out on a trip to the beach or a day at the community pool.
“Some pools are even small enough to fit on a balcony or the patio,” says Drew Henryof Design Dudes.
2. Bring the backyard barbecue to you
Burgers and brats on the grill are the classic go-to meal for Father’s Day, but you can take it to the next level by ordering an expertly cooked meal to go—and supporting a local restaurant.
Do some research to see which local barbecue restaurants are open for pickup or delivery. Some restaurants and catering companies are also offering meal kits in a box.
“Get a barbecue box delivered to your home with all of his favorites: ribs, steak, and sides like potato salad, slaw, and corn on the cob,” says Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Catering.
Correale’s company just launched a variety of to-go boxes ranging from original barbecue favorites to special surf and turf combos.
“Ordering something that’s mostly pre-made means all you have to do is fire up the grill and enjoy a celebratory meal,” she says.
3. Take part in Dad’s hobby
Does your pop love bird-watching or stargazing? A gift that dovetails with these activities is great, but joining him in the fun makes it even better.
Ask Dad to describe his favorite winged pals or point out Orion’s Belt after dinner. You could add an art component to these activities by drawing the birds or constellations you spy.
4. Arrange a natural scavenger hunt
Put your backyard to good use, and come up with a list of things to find. Give every family member a paper bag and have them pair up and scatter to seek out items like an acorn, dandelion, small twig, smooth pebble, piece of moss, or a live bug.
You could also list tree or flower types—such as maple, elm, azalea, ivy, rhododendron, and roses—and give each team a smartphone to document them.
5. Make up goofy challenges
Correale suggests creating games using things you already have at home (e.g., pass the water using paper cups or a DIY ring toss).
Or you could challenge your family members to a marshmallow race using straws. Put a marshmallow on the table, and then inhale through a straw placed right on it. The goal is to keep the sweet attached to the straw with your own breath while you circle the picnic table three times.
6. Use the waffle iron in a new way
Truth: Dad really does want some special meal on his special day. Put that waffle iron to use in an unexpected way by making something other than traditional waffles. Grilled cheese sandwich or quesadillas? Yup, you can make ’em in the iron—and the divots are great for holding condiments like ketchup or salsa.
You can also press frozen hash browns and drape them with smoked salmon and sour cream. Or, if your dad has a sweet tooth, cook up waffle-style brownies or cookies with pre-made dough and top them with ice cream, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
7. Run an obstacle course
The sillier the better! Pull out items like patio pillows, ride-on toys, and a baseball bat, and then challenge your family to complete the course. Spin around with your head on the bat, jump the pillows, wheel the tricycle down the driveway, and hit a target with a ball or Frisbee. The fastest, most accurate player wins.
The Columbia/Boone County health director unveiled Thursday a new COVID-19 health order that will take effect next week.
The new order goes into effect Tuesday.
The new order largely tracks along with a timeline health director Stephanie Browning presented to the Columbia City Council last month and will be in place through July 20. Under the new order most occupancy limits for businesses are gone. However, personal care services such as hair salons will have to abide by a 50 percent occupancy limit or 50 or fewer people inside the business, whichever is fewer.
Stable groups at daycares will increase from 25 to 50 children and public gathering limits will increase from 50 to 100 people.
All sports including contact sports will be allowed to continue or resume but spectators will be limited to 50 percent of the venue’s capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
Movie theaters and other large venues can be open but must submit plans to the health department and limit their capacity to 100 people while observing social distancing.
Swimming pools will be allowed to remain open as long as they have submitted a plan and maintain social distancing.
The health department announced the details in a news release, saying the county has met the standards needed to relax the rules despite a recent uptick in cases.
“Although there has been a rise in cases in Boone County, PHHS continues to closely monitor several factors that continue to determine the pace in which the community reopens,” the release says. “At this time, all triggers are being met to move forward in the reopening process.”
Boone County stood at 232 cases, with 43 active, as of Thursday morning. Boone County health officials have reported 34 new cases in the last week alone. Wednesday was the second straight day with eight new cases reported.
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From the food you serve to the songs you play, we’re sharing the best ideas for making sure your backyard party goes as smoothly as a summer breeze.
Backyard parties are essential to summer. They’ve got a built-in, laid-back vibe that makes it easy to slow down, fill up your plate with easy summer party food, join in a game and kick back in the sunshine. But there’s still plenty to plan for when it comes to these outdoor soirees. From the setup to the food served and what to do when the sun sets, make sure you’ve got every step covered so you can host the ultimate backyard (or patio, or deck, or porch…) bash that’s the stuff of summer dreams.
Plan the menu around your guest list.
Once you’ve made your guest list, send out an invitation (for casual get-togethers, a simple email or private Facebook event is just fine). Make it clear what you plan to serve, make requests for anything specific you’d like guests to bring, and be sure to ask if any guests have dietary restrictions. To make everyone feel happy (and well-fed), make sure you have enough food options for partygoers who want vegetarian, dairy-free or gluten-free fare. Need some ideas? Here are our favorite barbecue dishes, some easygoing vegetarian options, unbelievable dairy-free recipes and gluten-free winners everyone can enjoy.
Making food ahead of time can alleviate stress. Here’s one brilliant tip if you’re serving ice cream: scoop it ahead of time, freeze single scoops on a cookie sheet, then set out the scoops just before serving. You’ll save yourself so much time (and stress) when dessert rolls around! (Buying ice cream for the party? Check out our staffers’ favorite chocolate ice cream pick.)
Add extra seating.
Plan to have enough seating for everyone—they may not all be sitting down at the same time, but it’s always best to have the option. If you don’t have enough chairs for everyone, bring out stools, benches, blankets or even that old beanbag. Don’t be afraid to mix and match what you have! You can always rent folding chairs, too—they’ll only set you back about $2 per chair for the day.
Summertime soirees equal fun in the sun, but that means they can also get pretty sweltering. Help guests beat the heat by setting out baskets of homemade hand fans (make your own by accordion-folding scrapbook paper, then cinching and fastening the bottom with colored washi masking tape). Or if things get really steamy, set out small spritz bottles filled with water and a drop or two of peppermint oil for guests to mist themselves as needed.
Cool drinks are a must at any summer shindig. To add a laid-back summer vibe to your party, fill water balloons with water, tie them off and place in the freezer until frozen solid. At party time, add the frozen water balloons to a small kiddie pool (we can’t get enough of this watermelon one), and nestle in your bottled beverages to chill until sipping time. If you do go the conventional cooler route, tie bottle openers to the handles so guests never have to go on a quest to find a way to crack open a cold one.
You can also keep food chilled throughout the party by filling a kiddie pool with ice and placing dishes like potluck salads, crowd-pleasing dips and icebox desserts on top. Just make sure to set it on top of a table so it’s off the ground and easy for people, not critters, to reach.
Serve with speed.
When eatin’ time rolls around, speed up the buffet line by leaving enough room on either side so two lines can go through at once. (This means you may want to set out additional serving utensils for each dish, too.) Make it easy to see what’s being served by making little labels you can set beside each dish (bonus points for labeling whether something is gluten- or dairy-free!). And keep a small basket or box filled with bundled silverware and napkins so guests can grab, go and grub in a flash.
If you’ve got a platter of incredible grilled burgers or hot dogs set up, corral toppings and condiments nearby in a standard muffin tin. Each cup can hold the ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, mayo and more. Serve with small spoons for each.
Say “bye-bye” to bugs.
Shoo bugs from the scene by setting a pretty pot of herbs on your table. Plants like lavender, mint, rue and tansy are natural insect repellents. You can also add a bundle of sage to your fire pit to ward away pests.
Keep kids entertained.
If you’re expecting young partygoers, keep them from feeling bored (and asking to leave) by ensuring there are lots of fun activities throughout the day. Try this simple trick: Fill a kiddie pool with water and stir in a few cups of gentle dish soap, then let kids take turns dipping in giant bubble wands. Or even better, place a plastic hula hoop in the soapy kiddie pool and let a child stand in the middle. Slowly pull up the hula hoop around the kiddo and they’ll be blissfully surrounded by one humongous bubble! Lawn games like giant Jenga, croquet and cornhole are fun for kids, too.
Create a summer soundtrack.
What’s a party without fun tunes to go with it? Make a sunny-day playlist and have it softly playing through speakers as the day goes on. Make sure it’s upbeat and filled with songs all ages can enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites:
“Summer of ’69,” Bryan Adams
“Cheeseburger in Paradise,” Jimmy Buffett
“In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry
“California Girls,” The Beach Boys
“Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly and the Family Stone
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding
“Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran
“Wipe Out,” The Surfaris
“Walking on Sunshine,” Katrina and the Waves
“Sunny Afternoon,” The Kinks
Light it up.
Chances are everyone’s going to be having so much fun the get-together will run into the night. Plan to party past sundown and set up lights to illuminate your backyard—and make things look magical under the stars. Simple string lights hung on a fence, around the deck, or over the yard keep everything in plain sight. Lanterns are also a fun way to add light and ambiance outside. You can hang them from shepherd’s hooks around the yard, or place them in clusters on the ground.
Keep guests comfy.
As the party rolls into the night, remember that it may get chilly outside. Keep a basket of blankets or cozy pashminas outside, and let guests know they can snuggle up with one when they start feeling a chill.
But our biggest tip when it comes to planning an outdoor party this summer: Have fun! As long as the weather’s in your favor, the drinks are flowing, there’s plenty of food and everyone’s smiling, you’re pretty much guaranteed a great time. So pour yourself a glass of lemonade, put on your shades and have a blast while the sun’s shining bright.
Below are just a few events to add to your calendar!
Columbia Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 8AM-12PM
1769 West Ash Street Columbia, Missouri65203
Columbia Farmers Market is a year-round market offering a fun-filled afternoon with locally grown fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more.
The mission of the Columbia Farmers Market is to provide both the local farmer and consumer a reliable, regulated marketplace for the direct exchange of high quality and safe food. By facilitating such commerce the market strives to meet the needs of the local consumer while encouraging sustainable agriculture in mid-Missouri.
First Friday of every month 6PM-8PM (next Fri 7/3)
210 St. James St. Suite D, Columbia, Missouri 65201
Come out to Dogmaster Distillery the first Friday of every month for food, art, cocktails and an artisan pop-up! Food vendor for July is 4 Points Catering, and August (8/7) will be Mr Murphy Stuffed Potatoes.
The annual Red Shoe Ride/Walk/Run to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri will be held August 29. The event offers a beautiful walk or bike ride on the Katy Trail, as well as an opportunity for experienced cyclists to ride on some of the most scenic roads in Boone County.
Cyclists choose from a 62-mile route on the road, or a 17-mile ride on the trail. Walkers and runners enjoy a 5K on a beautiful part of the trail.
Participate by joining us at Katfish Katy’s for the start/finish, or participate in any of the routes virtually, on your own time, and send us your photos!
You’ll have fun while helping keep families close while their child receives medical care.
Every year, Gallup conducts a survey of Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are asked to select real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.
For the seventh year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment. Gallup explained:
“Real estate remains the most favored investment to Americans, as has been the case since 2013, when the housing market was on the rebound. More than a third of Americans have named real estate as the top investment since 2016.”
This year’s results indicated 35% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at 21%. The full results covering the last decade are shown in the chart below:
The belief of the American people in the stability of housing as a long-term investment remains strong, even through the many challenges our economy faces today.