Kansas City issues new COVID order, says shutdown is next step

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announces new order on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Star

Kansas City issues a new COVID-19 order. 

The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Quinton Lucas made the announcement on Monday, saying the order goes into effect on Friday.

Under the order, indoor gatherings, restaurants and event spaces, and fitness centers will operate under tighter restrictions in a move to slow the city’s soaring infection rate.  Most gatherings are now limited to 10 people, or 50% capacity, and bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m.  Large gatherings, like weddings, must now receive approval from the Health Department.  And businesses are now required to notify the Health Department of any known COVID-19 cases. 

Hospital officials in the area say their number of available beds is dwindling, and if something doesn’t change, the next step may be a shutdown. 

The Kansas City metro area reported almost 900 new confirmed cases on Monday, as well as six deaths.