KANSAS CITY — Following the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated mask guidance, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, in consultation with Kansas City Health Director Rex Archer, will rescind its 14th emergency COVID-19 order at noon Friday, May 14. The order deals with mask usage and was originally set to expire May 28.
“Kansas City’s most recent order allowed all to go maskless outdoors and permitted unvaccinated persons to go maskless indoors with others who are vaccinated,” said Lucas. “As a matter of compliance, that allowed the Kansas City Health Department to check with retailers, employers, and more to ensure they were encouraging their staff to initiate the COVID-19 vaccine process. While welcome, ... CDC guidance creates confusion with Kansas City’s order."
The mayor said throughout the pandemic, the city has aimed to ensure clarity and effective public health guidance for Kansas Citians and businesses.
"Staff at many establishments have been subject to harassment based on upholding our orders and we will not force them to do so further where our regulators cannot reasonably tell between those vaccinated or not at an establishment, and where our guidance may conflict with the CDC. We have followed CDC guidance throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so," he said. “I cannot in good faith impose an order, replete with penalties for non-compliance, that is impossible for our businesses to follow.
We will shift, as is necessary, to ensuring those needing access to the vaccine take it, and that we look out for the continued health and safety of our neighbors," continued Lucas. "We thank the many individuals and businesses in Kansas City who have worked hard to keep us all safe over the past fourteen months. We saved lives looking out for each other and all in Kansas City should be proud of the steps we have taken to protect our community’s health.”