“When they moved the cash licenses from 3am to 10am, the most responsible decision was to close.” says Partner Scott Mars. “It’s obviously a lot more social than a capital grille where everyone takes their places.”
The property determined the reopening was safe after Mayor Quinton Lucas issued new guidelines for eating coronavirus in the Thirteenth amended regulation 20-01. Falling COVID-19 positivity ratesrising temperatures, making it easier to eat outside, and Phase 2 the introduction of vaccination also affected the owners’ decision.
The Kansas City Health Department closed the Westport Ale House after a COVID-19 outbreak was reported among employees in September. Officials learned of the outbreak when they visited the bar in response to complaints of mask and capacity violations Kansas City Star.
Westport Ale House is now preparing staff and precautions, including additional disinfection, to prepare for the March Madness College basketball tournament. Mars plans to hire 12 to 15 more employees.
Additional hygiene measures enforced by Westport Ale House and The Fall include requiring staff to wash their hands every 30 minutes during shift, prompting guests to provide contact information before entering, and prohibiting sitting in the bar .
Fall opens at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and the Westport Ale House opens at 3pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2pm on Fridays, and 11am on Saturdays and Sundays
It will be nice to have this staple back in use. It feels like going back towards Normal World and we’ll see you there soon.