KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A coalition of Kansas City-area jurisdictions lifted some of its COVID-19 restrictions on businesses Thursday.
Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas announced the lightened restrictions in a joint statement.
In Jackson County, a new order takes effect Friday that allows restaurants, bars and taverns to return to normal operating hours. Seating remains restricted to groups of 10 people or fewer.
The county also will no longer require a permit for gatherings of fewer than 50 people. More than that, and organizers must submit a request for a permit at least seven days before the event.
Johnson County’s new order is effective immediately.
It removes curfews and closing times for restaurants, bars, night clubs and other businesses that serve alcoholic drinks.
All other limitations of the order remain in place through March 31.
Finally, in Wyandotte County, the new order, which activates Friday, lifts closing time restrictions on restaurants, bars and taverns.
However, once closed for the night, those businesses must stay closed until at least 6 a.m. daily.
Restaurants may remain open for drive-thru or delivery services between closing time and 6 a.m.
The three jurisdictions are the latest in the Kansas City area to lift restrictions as COVID-19 cases decline on both sides of the state line.
Last week, Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced similar modifications to the city’s health order.
Platte and Clay counties in Missouri soon followed suit.