KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city of Independence on Friday released new COVID-19 public health guidelines that ease restrictions on bars, restaurants and gatherings.
Indoor and outdoor dining is limited to 50% capacity, but there are no limits on size of parties.
All bars, restaurants and taverns may now stay open as long as their liquor license allows.
There are no gathering limits on faith services and they'll no longer have to submit a gathering protocol form. However, they're still encouraged to wear masks, social distance and wash their hands.
Entertainment and recreational venues also no longer have to submit gathering protocol forms but must keep capacity at 50%.
“Thanks to the consistent actions of our businesses and citizens, we have seen a decline in regional cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “It is important to note we are not yet out of the woods and must continue to wear masks, social distance, wash our hands and stay home if we are sick. We are today taking steps to relax capacity limitations on religious gatherings, weddings, funerals and dining. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as needed.”