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2 Westport businesses close in response to COVID-19

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 18:29:08-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At least two Westport businesses will close as part of measures to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Kelly’s Westport Inn announced Monday on its Facebook page that it will close “until further notice.” Just days before, the establishment had planned to remain open even though the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade had been called off.

Also Monday, Harry's Bar and Tables said it will be closed "effective immediately."

"This decision was not taken lightly and was agreed upon by the entire staff to ensure the health and safety of our employees, patrons and community at large," the bar said on Facebook. "We will continue to re-evaluate as new information becomes available."

The closure comes as school districts, universities and businesses also are adjusting their hours or closing to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

As of Monday afternoon, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kansas City, Missouri. Eight people have tested positive in Johnson County, and one death has been reported in Wyandotte County.