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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.
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The updated order went into effect Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m. and is set to remain in effect until further notice.
All employees or visitors to any indoor public accommodation must wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible or cannot be maintained.
These spaces include, but are not limited to:
Although not required, it is also highly encouraged to wear a mask outdoors anytime a distance of six or more feet cannot be maintained. This could include parks, playgrounds, bus stops, farmers markets, and public restrooms.
CDC guidance strongly recommends that children over age two wear face coverings.
A person may remove their face mask where otherwise required under the following circumstances:
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.