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We do follow orders from Jackson County & KCMO on any COVID-19 related mandates.  We post signs as they are made available to us so that those entering know the current mandates.  

KCMO COVID Mandates
Jackson County COVID Mandates

Orders from KCMO and Jackson County that we must enforce:

Limit the number of individuals in each space to 50% of the capacity and:

· Maintain adequate social distancing of six feet or more. If such social distancing cannot be
maintained due to facility layout, the occupancy limit should be further reduced to allow for
proper distancing.
· Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times.

Mask Requirements:

Masks must be worn at all times while indoors, or while outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Exemptions to this requirement are:

· Minors below the age of 5; and
· Persons who have disabilities or valid medical exemption who can social distance; and
· Persons who are seated and engaged in consuming food or drink while adequately distanced from other persons.

KCMO COVID Mandates

When will the new emergency order take effect?
The updated order will take effect at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19 and will remain in effect until it is modified or rescinded. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change, based on guidance from public health officials and other medical experts.

Are there any changes being made to this order?
Yes, there are a number of changes being made to this order:

  • Restaurants, bars, and taverns may resume operating according to their permitted hours. These establishments must also continue to require masks and allow for six-feet of social distancing between parties.
  • All attendees and staff of events—no matter the size—must follow masking and social distancing requirements. While events are no longer required to submit a mitigation plan, the Kansas City Health Department will be available for consultation to ensure safety at these events.
  • Provided all attendees follow masking and social distancing guidelines, there is no upper limit on gathering size.
  • Patrons of gyms, fitness, and recreational centers, including city, school, and other publicly-owned and managed facilities, must require masks and allow for six-feet of social distancing between parties.

Kansas City government will continue to actively enforce regulations around mask-wearing and social distancing, and will shut down establishments and events that are found to not be in compliance with these regulations.

What regulations remain in place?
The following regulations remain in place from the last update of the emergency order:

  • Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Indoor and outdoor patrons at facilities where food or drink is served for on-site consumption (including event spaces) must be seated and masked at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Business and event operators must immediately report any known COVID-19 cases among staff or patrons to the Kansas City Health Department. 

Businesses found to be violating these regulations may be closed by Kansas City government.

Must I wear a mask while working out indoors at a gym?
Yes. Gyms and fitness facilities must also maintain social distance between each party.

Must I wear a mask while exercising outside?
You do not need to wear a mask or face covering while exercising outside, so long as you can maintain at least six feet of distance from others.

Why is the city requiring masks or facial coverings to be worn?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all individuals over the age of two wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household. Numerous studies have found that masks help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

I have a disability that prevents me from wearing a mask, what are my options?
Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a disability can request a reasonable accommodation from a business. Examples of reasonable accommodations that business may provide include:

  • Allow a person to wear a scarf, loose face covering, or full-face shield instead of a face mask;
  • Allow customers to order online with curbside pick-up or no contact delivery in a timely manner;
  • Allow customers to order by phone with curbside pick-up or no contact delivery in a timely manner;
  • Allow a person to wait in a car for an appointment and enter the building when called or texted; or
  • Offer appointments by telephone or video calls.

Businesses can deny service to customers who refuse to wear a mask or utilize these reasonable accommodations.

What are general guidelines businesses can follow to keep employees and customers safe?

  • Require all employees and customers to wear masks or other face coverings.
  • Allow employees to maintain at least six feet of distance from each other and customers as much as feasible.
  • Implement sick leave policies which allow any employee who shows any signs of COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to remain home until at least three days after symptoms have abated.
  • Send home any employee who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while at work.
  • Provide easily accessible hand sanitizer for employees and customers.
  • Encourage employees to regularly wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Regularly disinfect commonly used surfaces such as door handles, counters, and payment terminals.
  • Limit cash exchanges.

What are guidelines for youth and educational operations?
Education, youth activities, and child-care operations can operate, subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Education, youth activities, and childcare should be carried out in stable groups, preferably with 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day);
  2. Children should not change from one group to another;
  3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group should be in a separate room. Groups should not mix with each other;
  4. Childcare providers should remain solely with one group of children;
  5. Youth activities shall endeavor to maintain social distancing between and among staff and youth to the extent feasible.

When will this order be updated?
The City will continue to monitor health indicators to evaluate when to further modify these restrictions. These indicators include:

  • Sustained declines in the average number of new daily reported cases, both in Kansas City and across the broader metropolitan region;
  • Hospital utilization and ICU availability;
  • Percentage of the population that has been vaccinated;
  • The ability to trace, test, and isolate individuals who are potentially exposed to the virus, also known as contact tracing.

It is important to note that the City does not have a specific timeframe for when to begin the next phase of reopening, as that decision will be made based on the above indicators and the guidance of public health professionals.

Jackson County COVID Mandates

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES DURING MASK ORDER

The mask order, which begins on July 1, requires masks to be worn in all public indoor and
outdoor spaces including workplaces, businesses, places of worship, community centers, or
libraries. This will require your employees and customers to wear a face covering while inside
your place of business. Proper face coverings include N95 masks, surgical masks, or cloth masks
that cover the mouth and nose. Some patrons may wear a face shield if medically unable to
wear a mask.

However, some individuals are medically exempt from wearing a mask. This includes:

-Those who are deaf or hard of hearing
-Children younger than five years old; and
* Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to
the risk of suffocation
* Children who are two, three, or four years old, with the assistance and close supervision
of an adult, are strongly recommended to wear a face covering at all times in settings,
like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that a distance of at least six feet
cannot be maintained from non-household members and vulnerable people must go.
-Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents
wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition
for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious,
incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

In order to ensure your business is complying with the local health order and the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA), we’ve compiled guidelines for how to navigate situations where
employees and customers require a mask exemption.

Customers with Exemptions

We have created signage that can be posted at your businesses to remind customers of the
required mask ordinance. If a customer enters your business without a mask, you can ask them:

-Is (not wearing a mask) an accommodation?
-Are you not wearing a mask due to a disability or valid medical exemption?

If the answer is affirmative, the customer may enter. If their answer is negative, the business may
provide an accommodation or they must refuse service. Your employees MAY NOT inquire as to
the nature of the person’s disability, request documentation of a medical condition or disability,
or require that a person state their disability.

Expectations of Businesses

In order to comply with the order, businesses must take the following actions:
1. Post signage on all entrances and exits indicating that masks are required in public settings.
2. Educate employees about face covering mandates and the exemptions for those who do not have to wear them.
3. Enforce the face covering mandate within the confines of the business or organization.
4. Actively ask customers who aren’t wearing masks the two questions mentioned above.

Failure to enforce the face covering mandate within the confines of the business may result in a
notice of non-compliance which is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.