Local Officials Announce New Covid-19 Guidelines

The KCHBA continually works to stay on top of the latest news and information that affects the industry and your business. With that in mind, we wanted to make you aware of the recent regulatory updates that local county and city officials have announced in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
This week, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners announced new safety guidelines, which became effective at 12:01 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 16 and will remain in effect until Jan. 31, 2021. A few of the guideline updates include, but are not limited to:


  • Mass gatherings are limited to 50 people or 50 percent of fire code capacity.
  • Bars, night clubs, restaurants and other businesses licensed to sell alcohol for on-site consumption must abide by a curfew and close at midnight and remain closed for 4 hours.
  • Restaurants must cease all in-person dining at midnight and remain closed for 4 hours.

To view all the JoCo guidelines, click here. For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) click here.


Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas officially announced the “Safer at Home, KC” guidelines, which go into effect Fri., Nov. 20. The new guidelines are as follows:

  • All indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum.
  • Restaurants, taverns, and all other venues, including wedding and other event spaces, shall close at 10 p.m., require social distancing between different parties, and limit the number of occupants indoors to no more than 50 percent of building occupancy. Indoor and outdoor patrons at these facilities must be seated, and also masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Indoor and outdoor parties are limited to a maximum of 10 people and parties shall be spaced with no less than six feet of distance between themselves and individuals from any other parties.
  • Restaurants, taverns, and bars must immediately report known COVID-19 cases to the Kansas City Health Department.
  • Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Patrons of gyms, fitness, and recreational centers, including city, school, and other publicly-owned and managed facilities are required to wear masks at all times, and these establishments are limited to no more than 50 percent capacity.


Click here for the full order and click here for a list of FAQs from Kansas City, Mo.


Jackson County, Mo. and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County also announced this week their coordinated response to Covid-19. The new local health orders closely align with Kansas City, Mo.’s guidelines and will lower capacity at businesses and restrict gatherings to 10 or fewer people. These new orders will also go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and will remain in effect until it is extended, rescinded, replaced or amended.


Click here for more information about Jackson County’s and Wyandotte County’s guidelines.


Platte County and Clay County have also followed suit with similar orders. Beginning Nov. 23, both counties will require establishments that serve food and drinks indoors to operate at 50% capacity must close by 10:00 p.m. No more than 10 people per group will be allowed in the venues. These orders will be in effect until further notice.


Click here to read the Platte County order and here for more information about Clay County.


As we saw this spring, information can change rapidly, so KCHBA encourages you to visit your county and/or city websites for updates:


If you have any questions or if the staff at the KCHBA can be of assistance in any way, please let us know, and please remember that the KCHBA is here to help.