SMITHVILLE — Smithville American Legion Post 58, located off Missouri Highway 92, is open with limited seating capacity as was allowed under county recovery plan guidelines for bars and restaurants. COVID-19 antibody testing has been completed on all employees and staff are wearing masks and sanitizing the facility regularly, Legion representative Dewayne Knott said in a release.
"We will be limited to 25% of our normal capacity, so only 1/4 of the normal number of people will be allowed inside at any given time," states a Legion social media post about what occupancy in the Legion is allowed under Clay County Public Health guidelines for recovery.
In addition, until the Legion is back to full operating capacity, it is limiting customers inside the post to (those) 21 years of age and older.
"No persons under 21 will be allowed to stay inside. They can still pick up to-go food orders, but cannot stay," states the post's Facebook page.
The reopening coincides with the 20th anniversary of the completion of the new building and location. The post has over 300 members and is home to the Sons of the American Legion and Riders and the Women’s Auxiliary. In addition to current limited seating capacity, the auxiliary will not host the annual Memorial Day service in Smithville Cemetery this year due to health concerns resulting from coronavirus, Knott said.
The 25% capacity rule is in force with a door monitor directing customers to four areas within the post. These are the front outdoor patio, the large hall, the lounge and the back patio with fire ring and benches.
"If there is room, you can sit where you like. If the bar is full, you will be directed to the patio or the hall. If all seating is full, we are forced to go to one-out, one-in operations," states the egion's Facebook page.
Smithville American Legion is committed to remaining a safe venue for customers and staff throughout the reopening of Clay County, said Knott. The post has yet to reestablished the Sunday bingo schedule, but will do so as new county guidance becomes available.