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A person may remove their face mask where otherwise required under the following circumstances:
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The updated order goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 23 at 12 a.m. and is set to remain in effect until further notice.
Masks must be worn:
Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
Do I need to prove I am medically exempt? No, businesses cannot ask you for proof of your medical condition.
Even if you are medically exempt, you can still spread the virus to others by not wearing a mask. You may also be at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 because of your medical condition, so it’s important to still take precautions to avoid becoming infected. Find alternative ways to receive your essential goods or services, like through curbside pickup, delivery, telemedicine, etc.
All business and buildings open and accessible to the general public qualify as an “indoor public accommodation” regardless of if they are public or privately owned. These businesses should adhere to the order to require masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Masks are not required in business/commercial/office settings that have limited or no public accessibility and when employees are consistently six or more feet away from others. In this case, masks would only be required when employees are moving around within the building and when within six feet of someone else.
Yes, they can refuse entry or service. However, businesses should attempt to provide customers with reasonable accommodation, such as curbside pickup or the shipping of items.
Isn’t refusing entry discrimination? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows restrictions when an individual would pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. As of March 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic meets the direct threat standard.
To make complaint about a Clay County business or organization, you can submit a complaint with our Environmental Health team here.PLEASE NOTE: if the business’ address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to make a complaint.
There are many ways to find or create a face mask or cover.
Business and organizations in need of larger amounts of face masks and other protective equipment can visit our Business Resources page for a list of options.
There are some great resources from Children’s Mercy Hospital. University of Rochester Medical Center, and Sesame Street that help teach kids how to wear a mask and the importance of doing so. Also, Connecticut Children’s breaks down how to make children more comfortable wearing masks by age and the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses mask myths.
Our guidance is that masks are not required for basketball players when they are in the game on the floor or for wrestlers on the floor in a match. If they are on the bench or sidelines they are required.
However masks are also not required for basketball players or wrestlers during scrimmaging or other parts of strenuous practice activities. If they are watching film/video or other less strenuous practice activities then they would be required to wear a mask.
Swimmers are not required to wear masks when they are in the pool either practicing or in competition but should wear a mask otherwise.
PE & Recess:
High school and middle school - Masks are required at PE activities except for periods of strenuous activity.
Elementary school - Masks would be required while using the playground equipment. Students may go unmasked for the rest of outdoor recess while maintaining six feet physical distancing.