February 19, 2021
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced updated COVID-19 guidelines for Kansas City today in consultation with Kansas City Department of Health Director Rex Archer, MD, and Emergency Medical Director, Erica Carney, MD Effective February 19th at 10 p.m. known as our community continues its work to curb the spread of COVID-19 and vaccinate our population.
“I thank the Kansas Citians and local businesses for their collaboration and for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 over the past few months while our region, like the country, has seen a significant increase in COVID- 19 hospital stays and deaths recorded, “said Mayor Lucas. “At the time we said that these restrictions should get us through a very difficult moment – and they did. I am proud that because of these efforts we have slowly but surely lowered the infection rate in our community by 10 weeks, given the decline in the.” COVID-19 cases bringing us back to early October levels. As we work to vaccinate more Kansas Citians every day and continue to enforce COVID-19 common sense precautions, the Kansas City government is focused also on economic recovery. “
“Based on case numbers and positive trends, the city will lift the curfew on these facilities across the city to meet early October rules and meet early October fall rates.” Mayor Lucas continued. “Instead, city enforcement agencies will focus on holding institutions and events accountable that encourage or permit reckless behavior that endangers the health and safety of participants. Our health department remains focused on getting vaccines up and running as quickly and fairly as possible We must continue to take all personal responsibility and remain vigilant as we take the necessary precautions to lower the infection rate until all Kansas Citians are safe from this virus. “
“Not only did we see record increases in new cases and COVID deaths in November, but our hospitals were also under tremendous pressure,” said Dr. Archer. “We are currently on a hopeful respite in these areas, but as new and more highly contagious varieties emerge, we must remain vigilant. All Kansas Citians must continue to follow our mask wearing protocols while maintaining a social distance of at least six feet and using them the vaccine when it is available to you. Avoiding the next surge depends on it. “
The updated guidelines are as follows:
- Restaurants, bars and taverns can resume operations at the permitted times and no longer have to be near personal service at midnight. However, these facilities must meet the requirements for social distancing between different parties and tables from back to chair.
- 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 must meet the requirements for 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.
Violations of this order can be sent to COVIDViolations@kcmo.org. Companies found to violate these regulations may be fined, suspended, or closed down by the Kansas City government.
Visit kcmo.gov/coronavirus for the thirteenth amended order and a full list of FAQs.
Kansas Citians wishing to subscribe for the City of Kansas City text updates on COVID-19 should send COVIDKC to 888-777. You can sign up to express your interest in obtaining the COVID19 vaccine by completing this form provided by the Kansas City Health Department, also available in Spanish.
For more information, see the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or kcmo.gov/coronavirus. You can also call the Missouri Department of Health helpline at 877-435-8411 with questions about COVID-19 in Missouri.
This news release was produced by the City of Kansas City. The views expressed here are the author’s own.