KANSAS CITY – Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas on Wednesday, April 29, in consultation with Kansas City Health Department Director Rex Archer, announced Kansas City’s phased reopening plan.

Beginning May 15, Lucas said all Kansas City businesses will be able to open, subject to a “10/10/10 Rule.”

The 10/10/10 Rule specifies that all nonessential Kansas City businesses must limit the number of customers allowed in their establishment at one time to no more than 10% of building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is larger), and record the names, contact information, and approximate entry/exit time of all customers who are on premises and seated for more than 10 minutes.

Establishments such as grocery stores, medical and dental offices, pharmacies, and other essential businesses are not subject to the 10/10/10 Rule.

Gyms, museums, bars and in-person restaurant dining will open with additional Health Department guidance on May 15 to best protect workers and patrons.

“More important than moving quickly is moving carefully and responsibly, and the steps we’re taking today allow our businesses to return to productivity while keeping their workers and customers safe,” said Lucas.

Based on public health guidance, non-essential businesses that are not open to the public will be permitted to open one week from today, subject to social distancing guidance. Religious gatherings – including weddings and funerals – of 10 people inside and 50 people outside can resume on the same date, provided social distancing is maintained and event organizers record the names and contact information of all attendees.

In the interest of public health and subject to the city order, any Kansas Citian who does not yet feel safe returning to a non-essential workplace cannot be compelled by their employer to return prior to May 15.

Kansas Citians interested in signing up for text updates from the city of Kansas City regarding COVID-19 can text COVIDKC to 888-777.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or kcmo.gov/coronavirus. Citizens may also call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline at 877-435-8411 for questions regarding COVID-19 in Missouri.

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