KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, AUGUST 1 |NKC Mayor Bryant Delong has issued a mask order effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2 until 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.
Mayor Delong's order closely mirrors KCMO's order issued a few days ago.
The order requires individuals regardless of vaccination status to wear a mask indoors in areas of public accommodation.
Exceptions to the mask requirement include:
- Minors below the age of 5
- Persons who have disabilities where face coverings or masks constitute a substantial impairment to their health and well-being based upon medical, behavioral or legal direction
- Persons in a restaurant or tavern actively consuming food or drink
- Persons obtaining a service involving the nose or face when temporary removal of the face covering or mask is necessary to perform the service
- Persons who are alone in a separate room or office
- Any interaction or gathering where parties have knowledge all persons present are fully vaccinated by federally-approved vaccine(s).
North Kansas City Mayor Bryant DeLong told KSHB 41 News he would bring back a mask order that will “closely match Kansas City, Missouri’s reinstated order.”
As the delta variant of COVID-19 spreads across the metro, multiple city governments are revisiting their mask policies.
North Kansas City is the latest to say they will reinstate a mask order, the details of which DeLong said would be made public at a later date.
“There is no doubt that COVID-19 is yet again posing a significant health risk to our region and community. Based on updated CDC guidance as well as the increasing hospitalizations in the region it is my intent to issue a new mask order in NKC,” DeLong said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas put in place a mask order for the entire city.