KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to spread across the world, and in Missouri and Kansas.
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Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for June 29.
4 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday she is implementing a statewide mask policy.
The policy is set to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3.
Kelly says that as of that time, every Kansan in a public space will need to wear a mask.
In support of her decision, Kelly said that places where masks are being worn, such as dentist offices or hair salons, have not reported any COVID-19 clusters.
It's places where they aren't being worn, Kelly said, where the clusters have been reported.
"We have enough data to prove masks work," Kelly said.
2:04 p.m. | Leawood-based AMC Theatres announced that it is pushing back its planned reopening until July 30 after changes to the release schedule for two summer blockbusters.
1:05 p.m. | Amid ongoing struggles to process unemployment claims, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that the state has contracted with Accenture to help resolve issues within the Department of Labor.
12:46 p.m. | The annual SantaCaliGon Days Festival in Independence, which usually takes place over Labor Day weekend, has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19.
12:25 p.m. | Jackson County has joined Kansas City, Missouri, and Wyandotte County in requiring masks in public places as the number of new cases reported in the Kansas City area continues to accelerate.
8:45 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.
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6:10 a.m. | Mid-Continent Public Library locations will require all patrons and staff to wear face masks beginning Monday.
6 a.m. | Beginning Monday, face coverings will be required inside public places in Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Friday afternoon.
Lucas said he consulted KCMO Department of Public Health Director Dr. Rex Archer on the decision in the city’s fight against the spread of COVID-19.
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