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Face Covering Order FAQs

What is the face-covering requirement?
In response to the global Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Mayor DeLong has issued a mask order effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 2 until 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 28. 

The Order requires individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors in areas of public accommodation. These spaces include, but are not limited to, grocery and retail stores, special events, and public transit, but do not include private dwellings or private transportation vehicles.

Exceptions to the face covering or mask requirement include: 

1 Minors below the age of 5; and 
2 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; and 
3 Persons in a restaurant or tavern actively consuming food or drink; and 
4 Persons obtaining a service involving the nose or face when temporary removal of the face covering or mask is necessary to perform the service; and 
5 Persons who are alone in a separate room or office; and 
6 Any interaction or gathering where parties have knowledge all persons present are fully vaccinated by federally-approved vaccine(s). 

When does this Order end?
This Order is in effect until August 28, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.  

Why is the City requiring masks to be worn?
COVID-19 cases have been steadily increasing in the Kansas City region over the last several weeks, and numerous studies have shown that wearing masks, particularly indoors, dramatically reduces the incidence of COVID-19 transmission.

Where can I find masks in North Kansas City?
Residents and visitors can obtain a free mask at City Hall, 2010 Howell Street, during business hours.  One mask will be given per person present.

Where can I find masks in the metro?
The City of Kansas City launched KCPPE.com, an online resource for Kansas City businesses to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their employees while providing direct support to local businesses. Kansas City businesses or individuals looking to purchase locally-made PPE can find more information on the KCPPE website. Local PPE suppliers can request to be added to the website.

Do I have to wear a mask when I work out at my gym?
Yes.  This order requires a face covering or mask while indoors in an area of public accommodation.  This includes membership gyms and indoor sports facilities.

Do I have to wear a mask in my place of business?
Masks must be worn at all indoor spaces with more than one person per room or barrier-divided space and outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained, except where further exceptions, if any, are approved by the Clay County Director of Public Health.

Do you have signs I can use in my business for this Order?
Yes.  Businesses can use the signage below.  Simply click on the name below to download a copy.

Masks Required to Enter
Wearing is Caring

What are the penalties for non-compliance with this order?
Violation of any provision of this Order may result (1) in the suspension or revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy and/or Business License for the offending business or concern in accordance with the Code of the City of North Kansas City, Missouri; and/or (2) in a fine as provided for in Ordinance No. 9315.

Ordinance No. 9315 states: It shall be unlawful for any person to fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the order made or prohibitions instituted by a proclamation issued under the provisions of this section, or for any person to otherwise violate or in any manner aid, assist, encourage, or support the commission or perpetuation of a violation of such proclamation, and upon conviction thereof any such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 and not more than $500.00, or by imprisonment for a period of time not less than one day and not more than three months. 

City Hall
2010 Howell St
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone 816-274-6000

Regular Hours:
Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm

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