KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Weekends and evenings at bars and restaurants around Kansas City, Missouri, are looking busier as more people become vaccinated and COVID-19 cases continue to fall.
But increased business traffic has not led to a rise in complaints about mask or social distancing violations to the Kansas City Health Department.
Complaints to the city’s 311 center about health restriction violations have dropped by more than half since December, according to citywide statistics shared with KMBC 9 Investigates.
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Through nearly four weeks of March, the city’s 311 call center has only received 109 complaints. Compare that to 343 complaints in December for people or businesses not complying with the city’s COVID-19 health restrictions.
Kansas City Health Director Dr. Rex Archer said he did not have an exact reason why complaints have dropped. Archer said since more people are getting vaccinated, they may feel more comfortable in businesses. But he said people should still remain on guard, especially since so many are still waiting on COVID-19 vaccines.
Archer said department and city leaders are discussing next steps on lifting restrictions, especially indoors. But he emphasized that would only happen after everyone in Kansas City, Missouri, has an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I think it’s a real moral challenge that until we’ve been able to provide the protection to everybody that wants it,” he said. “We shouldn’t be reducing these restrictions and putting people in harm’s way, when they can’t yet protect themselves.”
Kansas City, Missouri, encourages people to call 311 for reporting health code violations.