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The updated emergency order will go into place the morning of Thursday, Jan. 14 at 12 a.m. and will be in effect until further notice. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change, based on guidance from public health officials and other medical experts.
Gatherings are groups of individuals, who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose. This prohibition includes planned and spontaneous gatherings as well as public and private gatherings. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited unless a mitigation plan is submitted to and explicitly approved by the Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC).
Examples of social gatherings of more than 10 persons that are prohibited unless a plan is submitted and approval is granted by CCPHC include:
Gatherings are permitted with ten (10) or fewer persons in one place, subject to social distancing requirements. Prohibited gatherings do not include regular commercial or educational activity by workers, students, or customers of businesses.
Examples of regular commercial or educational activity that are exempt from the 10-person limit include:
Indoor weddings involving more than 10 persons must be approved by Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC). To obtain this approval, the venue or household hosting the wedding must submit a mitigation plan to CCPHC at least seven days before the event.
Once a plan is submitted, CCPHC has the discretion to approve these events for up to 50% of venue capacity. Any receptions at which food or beverages will be served are required to follow the same guidelines as restaurants and taverns:
Venues that are hosting largely similar events may submit one plan for that type of event. Clay County Public Health Center has the discretion to require venues to submit information about individual events to ensure the safety of attendees.
Please use this form to apply for your event of over 10 people. BEFORE YOU BEGIN, please make sure your event does not already qualify for an exemption by reading the FAQs/the emergency order.
ALSO, any events that will take place in Kansas City will need to request a waiver via the Kansas City Health Department instead.
Everyone must wear a face covering or mask while indoors in any room, partition, or area where someone from another household is present. Additionally, residents and visitors to the county must wear masks in outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained, except where further exceptions, if any, are approved by Clay County Public Health Center.
Exceptions to this requirement are:
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.
Patrons may be standing to order takeout or pick-up, provided the food is not consumed on-site and that masks are worn at all times while in the establishment.
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.
Education, youth activities, and child-care operations can operate, subject to the following guidelines:
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.
Masks are required for all cheer and dance activities.
PE & Recess:
Masks are required at PE activities except for periods of strenuous activity.
Elementary school - Masks required while using the playground equipment. Students may go unmasked for the rest of outdoor recess while maintaining six feet physical distancing.
No, employers should reasonably accommodate employees that have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of COVID-19 and/or need to care for a minor or sick family member.
Clay County Public Health Center strongly encourages all employers to continue to allow individuals to work from home to the extent feasible, and to make accommodations for individuals at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19.
If you are being forced to work in conditions without appropriate PPE, please contact Clay County Public Health Center.
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.
Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) will continue to monitor health indicators to evaluate when to further relax these restrictions. These indicators include:
It is important to note that CCPHC does not have a specific timeframe for when to begin the next phase of reopening, as that decision will be made based on the above indicators and the guidance of our public health team.