Douglas County Public Health officials to conduct compliance checks on some businesses

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 17:36:37-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Douglas County Health Department announced Friday it will bolster its efforts to ensure businesses that sell alcohol are complying with a local public health order.

Staff from the department will conduct compliance checks at restaurants, bars and entertainment venues with a liquor licenses to ensure they are following a health order issued on Sept. 4.

The order requires businesses which serve alcohol to close at by 10 p.m. and stop serving alcohol at 9 p.m.

Douglas County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino, said the compliance checks are in response to a large number of COVID-19 cases which are coming from bar environments.

“We are extending our resources to work with local restaurants, bars and entertainment venues because we understand that education and enforcement are critical supports for our public health order. The more we all work together, the better chance our community will have at reducing environments that increase risk for spread of the coronavirus,” Director Dan Partridge said.

The order does allow those businesses to serve food through carryout or delivery past 10 p.m.