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Wyandotte County relaxes restrictions on restaurants, bars

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 13:44:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Wyandotte County issued a new public health order Tuesday, allowing restaurants, bars and taverns to serve customers until midnight and close at 12:30 a.m.

The new order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

In November, the county issued a more restrictive order that required bars and restaurants to close by 10 p.m.

Under the new order, businesses must still cap customer capacity at 50% of the building's capacity.

“Wyandotte County business owners have gone to great lengths to comply with and follow health protocols since the beginning of the pandemic — and I’m pleased they’ll be able to expand their service hours in a safe and controlled manner," Mayor David Alvey said in a news release. "As such, we are relying on bar and restaurant owners and managers to work diligently to enforce measures that will mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 in their establishments."

Other guidance offered in the new order includes:

  • Businesses must close their doors by 12:30 a.m. and remain closed until at least 6 a.m. each day. Restaurants can operate between 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. for drive-through or delivery services only.
  • Patrons must remain seated to the greatest extent possible, and all patrons must be masked except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Parties of guests (whether indoors or outdoors) are limited to no more than eight people.
  • Guest parties must be socially distanced at least six feet apart.