Westport bar linked to COVID-19 outbreak temporarily closes

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 19:20:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Westport bar that health officials determined to be the site of a COVID-19 outbreak has temporarily closed.

On its Facebook page, the Westport Ale House, 4128 Broadway Blvd., said it was cooperating with the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department’s investigation into COVID-19 outbreaks in the area.

“The health and safety of our customers is always our top priority and we look forward to reopening soon,” the bar said in the Facebook post.

The health department said Friday that it began investigating the bar after receiving complaints about mask and capacity violations.

The investigation found that least seven employees and two customers had tested positive for COVID-19 within the last month, the health department said.

The bar said Tuesday that it has taken various steps and procedures to prevent COVID-19, including mask requirements, deep cleaning and limitations on parties to 10 people or less. It also added staff and off-duty police to help with the management of guests.

The Westport Ale House did not say how long it planned to be closed.