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Guidelines are determined by the geographic location of your place of employment. If you work outside of Clay County, the rules governing the place of your employment will be determined by that jurisdiction. The city of Kansas City, Jackson County and Wyandotte County have similar orders to that of Clay County.
Similarly, individuals who live outside of Clay County but work or operate businesses inside Clay County must follow county regulations for their businesses and places of employment.
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The latest public health emergency order goes into effect on Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. The order will expire on Friday, May 28 at 5p.m. unless it is amended, rescinded, superseded or extended.
Masks must be worn at all indoor spaces of public accomodation with more than one person per room or barrier-divided space.
Exceptions to this requirement are:
You do not need to wear a mask or face covering while exercising outside, so long as you can maintain at least six feet of distance from others. If six feet of distance cannot be maintained, masks are recommended.
Yes. Gyms and fitness facilities are also limited to no more than 50% capacity.
Must I wear a mask while exercising outside? You do not need to wear a mask or face covering while exercising outside, so long as you can maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
Violations of the emergency order can be reported online here. PLEASE NOTE: if the business’ address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City Health Department.
In order to help reduce the rapid rate at which COVID-19 is spreading, CDC recommends that all individuals over the age of 2 wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household. Numerous studies have found that masks help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Find more info on our Face Masks & Coverings page.
Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a disability can request a reasonable accommodation from a business. Examples of reasonable accommodations that business may provide include:
Businesses can deny service to customers who refuse to wear a mask or utilize these reasonable accommodations.
The Mid-America Regional Council has produced a guide to help businesses return to work safely. Additional information on protecting businesses and employees is available on the CDC website.
Businesses in Kansas City and in Clay County must follow both jurisdiction's rules and guidance.