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What to expect as Covid-19 health orders get relaxed in the Kansas City metro



TOPEKA, Kan. – Business owners told  that they are elated over the relaxed COVID-19 guidelines in Kansas City metro.

Kansas City, Clay County and Johnson County are all taking steps toward returning to a more normal life with updated health orders addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am proud of Kansas City’s businesses. They in particular weathered a very challenging year, and hopefully this is a moment of relief for them,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said during a Monday news conference.

Now the question becomes: What are the rules? And where?

Here’s a look at some of the answers:

Clay County

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday:

  • Masks no longer required outdoors
  • Social distancing indoors no longer required
  • No more occupancy limits

Kansas City

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, people are still required to wear a mask indoors around other people. However, there are exceptions:

  • People no longer have to wear a mask indoors if everyone is fully vaccinated and has knowledge that others present are as well.
  • Anyone under five years old is not required to wear a mask.

All other indoor restrictions will be rescinded.

Johnson County

The county’s current public health order is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Although the issue is on a Thursday agenda for review, it seems unlikely the commission will issue a new health order, which would mean the end of the county’s mask order.

The county health department said it’s not against allowing the mandate to expire.