Updated COVID-19 guidelines, including no limit on collection size, will take effect on February 19 at 10:00 PM
“I thank the Kansas Citians and local businesses for their collaboration and for doing their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 over the past few months, while our region, like the country, has seen a significant increase in the COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, ”says Mayor Lucas.
With the aim of reducing the spread, COVID-19 cases have steadily declined over the past six weeks. There were a total of 232 new cases last week compared to 1,800 cases in the first week of January.
According to Lucas, the goal of the Kansas City government is to focus on economic recovery and vaccinating Kansas Citians while further reducing the number of new cases.
New COVID-19 guidelines were announced in January, but some of these regulations will be relaxed starting today. January guidelines included 50 percent capacity in restaurants, bars and taverns, and indoor events limited to 10 people. This is no longer the case.
The updated guidelines are as follows:
- Restaurants, bars and taverns can resume operations at the permitted times and no longer have to close personal services at midnight. These facilities must follow the requirements of social distancing between separate parties and tables from chair back to chair back.
- All event attendees and staff must follow masking and social distancing guidelines. While no more events are required to submit an mitigation plan, the Kansas City Health Department is available for consultation to ensure safety at these events.
- Provided all attendees follow masking and social distancing guidelines, there is no limit to the size of the gathering.
Guidelines that remain unchanged:
- Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room and in all outdoor spaces where social distance cannot be maintained.
- Restaurants, bars, taverns and events have to meet the requirements of social distancing between different parties and tables from chair back to chair back.
- Indoor and outdoor guests in facilities where food or drink is served for on-site consumption (including function rooms) must be seated and masked at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.
- Business and event operators must immediately report known COVID-19 incidents among employees or customers to the Kansas City Health Department.
These guidelines were developed in consultation with the Kansas City Department of Health Director Rex Archer, MD, and Emergency Services Medical Director, Erica Carney, MD
“City enforcement agencies will focus on holding institutions and events accountable that encourage or permit reckless behavior that endangers the health and safety of attendees,” says Lucas.
The Kansas City government may penalize, suspend, or shut down companies that violate these regulations. Violations of these guidelines can be sent to COVIDViolations@kcmo.org.
A full list of FAQs can be found here.
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