Local COVID-19 Guidelines – Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas

The pandemic has created some confusion with what’s open and not open. Many people don’t know the full COVID-19 guidelines in Kansas City, and that’s okay because they’ve been changing over the past few months. Here are the answers to some common questions.

Q: What is Kansas City’s reopening plan?

Kansas City has issued an emergency order that remains in effect until at least January 16, 2021. Government officials are reviewing it regularly and adjusting it based on local COVID-19 transmission rates.

Q: Is it mandatory to wear a mask in Kansas City during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The city has a mask mandate along with the emergency order. All Kansas Citians must keep their face covered while indoors in public areas when physical distancing of six feet isn’t possible. The city defines public areas as grocery and retail locations, special events, and while using public transportation. Exceptions include people with disabilities, children under the age of two, and while eating or drinking.

Q: Are restaurants open in Kansas City?

Yes. All dining locations are open in Kansas City. The mayor asks that all establishments follow CDC protocols and enforce distancing rules. Employees should use a strict cleaning and disinfecting policy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes sanitizing all tables and chairs between customers and at the close of business. Businesses may also use electrostatic disinfection services.

Q: Are gyms open in Kansas City?

Yes. All fitness facilities, including gyms, are open in Kansas City. Government officials ask that members and employees practice physical distancing and clean the equipment more often to reduce the virus’s transmission. They’re not suggesting anyone wear a mask if they’re maintaining the appropriate distance. Gyms are asked to take extra precaution in high trafficked like restroom, and to use reach out to restroom cleaning services if they lack training or supplies.

Q: What businesses and services are open in Kansas City?

As of June 29, 2000, the city’s major removed all dining establishments and businesses’ percentage capacity limits. Bars and taverns that don’t serve food can operate at 50 percent capacity.

Q: What does Kansas City define as “essential business” during COVID?

Under Kansas City’s regulations, the mayor considers most businesses essential. During the height of the pandemic, the following services could stay open:

  • Health care providers
  • Veterinary services
  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Auto dealers and shops
  • Food and medical supply manufacturers
  • Social service providers
  • Educational institutions
  • Religious services

Q: Are large gatherings allowed in Kansas City?

Yes. The state rescinded the previous restrictions on large gatherings. The health department still recommends limiting events to a 25% capacity. Businesses should consult with a hygiene professional or disinfection service professional.


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