With covid cases plummeting, Mayor Lucas lifts many restaurant restrictions

Kansas City restaurants are about to look very different—at least from how they have for the past year.

With covid cases have plummeted in the city—there were 2,000 cases per week in late November, and just 282 last week—the mayor has elected to lift many of the restrictions placed on restaurants and gatherings.

“I thank Kansas Citians and local businesses for their cooperation and for doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 over the past several months,” Lucas said in a press release. “Back then, we said that these restrictions were meant to get us through a very tough moment—and they did. I am proud that due to these efforts, we have been slowly but surely curbing the infection rate in our community, with 10 weeks of decline in COVID-19 cases, taking us back down to early October levels.”

Effective tonight at 10 pm, there are some changes:

First, restaurants, bars, and taverns may resume operating according to their permitted hours, and no longer need to close to in-person service at midnight, though these establishments must still follow social distancing rules.

Second, there are no longer any hard caps on the number of people at gatherings, though all attendees and staff have to follow mask rules and social distancing guidelines.

Third, event organizers no longer have to submit a covid mitigation plan prior to their event.

Below you can watch a video of the meeting where the new guidelines were announced.

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