Clay County follows KCMO, eases dining and gathering restrictions

Restrictions on hours of operation and capacity have been loosened in Clay County, Mo. as of Sunday. Mask requirements remain in place, though limits on gatherings have been removed for restaurants and bars. The county’s decision follows a similar update from KCMO and Independence. 

Restaurants and bars in Clay County no longer have limited hours due to COVID-19 guidelines, according to a recently updated health order. The updated emergency order went into effect at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Clay County Public Health Center announced Sunday night that it has removed limits on social gatherings so long as social distancing and masking rules are followed and that restaurants, bars and taverns can “resume operating according to their permitted hours.”

Business still must adhere to social distancing and patrons must wear masks unless actively eating or drinking, according to the order. Gyms, fitness and recreation centers also must follow social distancing requirements and mask requirements.

“Patrons in both indoor and outdoor spaces where food and/or drink are served must be seated and may only remove their face covering or mask while eating and drinking,” the order noted.

The full order can be read on the Clay County Public Health Center website.