Masks mandated effective Monday

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas this afternoon announced another in his series of mandates in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

“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,” Lucas said.

Exceptions to the face covering requirement are as follows:
• Minors, with strong guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas City Health Department that children over aged two wear face coverings.
• People who have disabilities that:
o Prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off face coverings.
o 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 or tavern and are actively engaged in consuming food or drink while adequately distanced from other patrons.

For more information or answers to your questions, visit: https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19-kcmo-information-and-response/reopen
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