North Kansas City Mayor Bryant DeLong earlier this week issued a mask mandate for those who are indoors at public places, regardless of their vaccination status.
The city announced on Twitter and its website Sunday that the mandate was in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Kansas City area and went into effect the next day. It is in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 28, according to city’s website.
Places where people are required to wear masks include grocery and retail stores, special events, gyms, indoor sports facilities and public transit. The mandate does not cover private dwellings or private transportation.
Exceptions to therequirement include:
Children below the age of 5
Persons who have disabilities where face coverings constitute a substantial impairment to their health and well-being based upon medical, behavioral or legal direction
Persons in a restaurant or tavern actively consuming food or drink
Persons obtaining a service involving the nose or face when temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service
Persons who are alone in a separate room or office
Any interaction or gathering where parties know that all persons present are fully vaccinated.
Violation of the order can result in the suspension or revocation of the offending business’s certificate of occupancy and/or business license as well as a fine between $25 and $500 or imprisonment of no more than three months.