Kansas City, MO — KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas said Wednesday he is extending the city’s current mask order, but easing a few other coronavirus restrictions, including allowing bars and restaurants to begin closing at midnight. Under previous guidance, closing time was 10pm.
Lucas said he will extend the State of Emergency in Kansas City until May 1, but will relax part of the emergency order that pertains to bars and restaurants.
"We will join the rest of the region with a midnight closing time," Lucas said, adding that within a month they will review that guidance to see if it can be further relaxed, or if it needs to be rolled back.
Jackson County, Missouri has also eased its coronavirus rules, aligning them with KCMO - bars and restaurants can now serve until midnight:
An order issued in Kansas City, Mo in November greatly limited capacity for indoor gatherings, including at bars and restaurants, and required the closing of bars and restaurants at 10pm.
That capacity limit remains the same, the mask requirement remains in place, and social distancing measures are still required.
"Our goal is not to shut anybody down," Lucas said. "It's to keep patrons safe, and the community safe."
This new order goes into effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday.