Kansas City, Missouri, announces new COVID-19 guidelines for the city

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City's last updated health order set to expire Saturday
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QUINTON LUCAS IS EXPECTED TO EXTEND THE CITY'S EMERGENCY COVID-19 ORDINANCE. ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT ISSUES, AND WE HAVE NOTED SOME OF THE CHANGES AROUND T REGION, I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH JURISDICTIONS LAST WEEK. I TALKED TO A NUMBER OF COMMISSIONERS YESTERDAY. WE WILL JOIN THE REST OF THE REGION WITH A MIDNIGHT CLOSING TIME. WITHIN A MONTH, WE WILL REVIEW WHETHER THAT CLOSING TIME SHOULD BE EXTENDED, OR IF THAT SHOULD BE MORE RESTRICTIVE THEREAFTER. WE WILL BASE IT ON SCIENCE AND DATA AND FACTS. WE HAVE BEEN HARDENED BY THE FACT THAT AFTER WE ISSUED OUR ORDERS IN NOVEMBER, AND OUR GOAL WAS TO MAKE SURE THERE WERE NOT LARGE CROWDS GATHERING DURING THE HOLIDAYS, WE HA SEEN CASE RATES AMONG THOSE AGES 18 TO 29 DROP AT ALMOST 50%. BEFORE THAT, WE HAD A CRISIS AMONG YOUNGER ADULTS. WE HAD A CRISIS BECAUSE WE SAW CROWDS GATHERING AT BARS AND RESTAURANTS. THOSE HAVE WORKED. THAT IS THE REASON YOU ARE SEEING SOME CHANGE IN OUR APPROACH TO THE CRISIS NOW. WE WILL COME BACK TO YOU WITHIN A MONTH, AND WE HOPE WE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS AS NORMAL. THAT IS MY HOPE BEYOND HOPES. IT WILL BE BASED ON HOW WE ARE DOING, BASED ON OUR HOSPITAL SPACE, BASED ON INFECTION RATES, AND ON FATALITIES. RESTAURANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING BETWEEN DIFFERENT PARTIES AND LIMIT THE NUMBER OF OCCUPANTS INDOORS TO KNOW MORE THAN 50% OF BUILDING CAPACITY. INDOOR AND OUTDOOR PATRONS AT THESE FACILITIES, INCLUDING BARS, MUST BE SEATED AND MASKED AT ALL TIMES UNLESS EATING OR DRINKING. THAT SEATED REQUIREMENT IS IMPORTANT. WE ARE NOT HAVING DANCE PARTIES. RESTAURANTS, TAVERNS, AND BARS BY VIRTUE OF FRACTION OF THIS ORDER MUST IMMEDIATELY REPORT KNOWN CASES OF COVID-19 TO THE KANSAS CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. WE ARE CONTINUING OUR LIMIT OF 10 PEOPLE MAX FOR ANY INDOOR GATHERINGS. PATRONS OF GYMS, FITNESS, AND…
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