The county announced Friday that Jackson County Executive Frank White is allowing the health order – which required masks in indoor businesses and places of public accommodation – to expire. READ MORE JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURIJackson County is joining Kansas City, Missouri, and Clay and Johnson counties with its decision to end an emergency COVID-19 health order that required indoors masking. JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSASThe Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said it has adopted the CDC’s guidance that people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 don’t have to wear a mask or physical distance indoors or outdoors.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURIKCMO’s emergency health order and mask mandate ended at noon Friday. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said private businesses still have the right to enforce their own safety protocols and that unvaccinated people are still required to have masks indoors Lucas also urged respect for individuals and businesses that still prefer to remain masked. Here’s a rundown of the latest communities that have eliminated indoor mask orders or dropped emergency health orders:
“Just because there is not government regulation, it does not mean that we need to let our guards down from COVID-19.” READ MORE After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance that people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 don’t have to wear a mask or physical distance indoors or outdoors, many cities and communities across the Kansas metro area have eliminated health orders and mask mandates.
The county also said businesses and organizations may still choose to require certain COVID-19 precautions, such as masking or physical distancing, in a manner they deem most appropriate to protect staff and customers. READ MORE CITY OF INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURIIndependence Mayor Eileen Weir, in consultation with acting Health Director Christina Heinen, said Friday that, effective immediately, masks are not required indoors or outdoors and all social distancing capacity restrictions have been lifted. READ MORE “Anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions such as wearing a well-fitted mask, staying six feet or more from those they don’t live with and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces,” the health department said in a news release.
CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURIIn response to updated guidance from the CDC, Clay County health officials said they ended the emergency health order that required indoors masking at noon on Friday. The Clay County Public Health Department cited the CDC guidance, along with improvements in local case, hospitalization and vaccination rates in its decision to eliminate the emergency COVID-19 order. “This is what we have been working toward,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the health department. “The science is clear – the vaccines are working. We hope everyone age 12 and older takes advantage of this important tool to stay safe and end the pandemic. Getting vaccinated protects you, it protects others, and it lets us begin to return to normal.” READ MORE
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