KCMO city council passes measures to help restaurants

KCMO proposal for restaurants
Posted at 4:49 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 17:50:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Kansas City, Missouri, restaurants continue to navigate coronavirus restrictions, the KCMO City Council voted Thursday to make it easier for those businesses to get permits for outdoor seating and alcohol service.

The changes, which take effect immediately, speed up the permitting process for restaurants interested in opening temporary sidewalk cafes, parklets and street cafes. One also allows for serving alcohol at those temporary locations.

The measures also temporarily relaxes requirements restaurants have to meet for the number of parking spaces based on the size of their establishments.

City leaders hope the changes will allow more restaurants to open, as long as they continue to follow other 10/10/10 guidelines as part of the city’s reopening.

The free permits will not be required to be renewed every 90 days.

This is a developing story and will be updated.