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Face coverings to be required indoors in KCMO
Mayor Lucas Announces Next Steps in Kansas City’s COVID-19 Response Efforts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2020
Contact: Morgan Said
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas – in consultation with Kansas City Department of Public Health Director Rex Archer, M.D. – today announced the next steps in Kansas City’s COVID-19 response efforts and issued a Ninth Amended Order.
Effective Monday, June 29, all employees or visitors to any place of public accommodation must wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible. Also effective Monday, June 29, percentage capacity limits as required by Mayor Lucas’s Eighth Amended Order will be eliminated, except for taverns and bars.
“Our country’s leading health and scientific experts have indicated in no uncertain terms that mask-wearing is the most effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Lucas. “Case numbers in Kansas City continue to rise, and we are taking all steps we can to ensure public health and safety. I know wearing masks can be uncomfortable, but this is a necessary step to ensure we can save lives and keep our economy open. We wear masks to protect our loved ones, those around us, and their loved ones.”
“We are keeping a close watch on our cases and hospitalizations, but know widespread mask-use is one essential way to slow COVID-19 and keep Kansas City businesses open,” said Dr. Archer. “It’s up to us. Let’s learn from Texas and Florida and what’s happening there now. Their mitigations and closures weren’t as quickly adopted or embraced. Now their case counts are rising at a disturbing rate and they’ve had to slow their reopening plans.”
Exceptions to the face covering requirement are as follows:
- Minors, though Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance recommends that all individuals over the age of two wear masks.
- People who have disabilities that:
- Prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off face coverings.
- Prevent them from communicating while wearing face coverings.
- People who have respiratory conditions or breathing trouble.
- People who have been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings.
- People who are seated in a restaurant, tavern, or bar and are actively engaged in consuming food or drink while adequately distanced from other tables.
Mayor Lucas will review this Order, and updated as needed, prior to its July 12 expiration. As a reminder, Mayor Lucas – in partnership with the City of Kansas City and Made in KC – in May launched KCPPE.com, an online resource for Kansas City businesses to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their employees while providing direct support to local businesses. Kansas City businesses or individuals looking to purchase locally-made PPE can find more information at the KCPPE website. Local PPE suppliers can request to be added to the website.
Kansas Citians interested in signing up for text updates from the City of Kansas City regarding COVID-19 should text COVIDKC to 888-777. For more information, visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or kcmo.gov/coronavirus. You may also call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline at 877-435-8411 for questions regarding COVID-19 in Missouri.