INDEPENDENCE, MO. – The city of Independence updated its health ordinances to ease COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, restaurants and bars, events and more.
Mayor Eileen Weir announced on Friday that the new COVID rules will go into effect on Saturday, February 20th at midnight.
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The updated guidelines from Independence include:
Bars, restaurants and tavernas can resume their normal opening hours as permitted by their alcohol license.
Indoor and outdoor dining is limited to 50%, but there is no limit to the number of guests or parties.
All collection limits for religious services have been relaxed. Faith organizations no longer have to file bulk protocols, but the city urges these groups to continue to voluntarily wear masks, practice social distancing, and regularly wash hands and surfaces.
Entertainment and recreation venues are also no longer required to submit summary log forms, but still need to maintain 50% capacity. If these venues want more than 50% capacity, they can submit the log form to the health department for review.
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The city still has a mask order for all indoor public spaces.
“Thanks to the consistent action of our businesses and citizens, we have seen a decrease in regional cases and hospital stays related to COVID-19,” Weir said in a statement. “It’s important to note that we’re not out of the woods yet and still have to wear masks, social distance, wash our hands and stay home when we’re sick.”
“We are taking steps today to ease capacity constraints at religious gatherings, weddings, funerals and restaurants. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as needed. “
As part of the new contracts, companies will be responsible for monitoring and complying with social distancing requirements. Those who fail to comply could get a 9 p.m. curfew, suspend or revoke their business license or permits, prosecute and / or take utilities off, the city said.
Kansas City also eased its COVID-19 restrictions on Friday. However, the new orders from the two cities differ slightly. For example, Kansas City will no longer limit capacity in bars and restaurants to 50%, but it will still require social distancing.
Jackson County officials said Friday they are “assessing” their COVID-19 health restrictions, but changes are not expected for another week.
Independence has its own health department, separate from Jackson County, so there may be different restrictions within its jurisdiction.
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