In consultation with health and emergency medical officials, Mayor Quinton Lucas and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, have issued a State of Emergency proclamation. Learn more about the declaration.
Visit KC Statement on Coronavirus and KCMO Declaration of Emergency
Visit KC’s main priority is the safety and well-being of the region’s residents, visitors and convention attendees. We understand and support the City’s decision to take the necessary and responsible steps to protect our region.
We are in close communication with our event partners and have begun to explore the immediate future of events and meetings of all sizes in Kansas City.
Using common-sense guidelines expressed by the KCMO Health Department, we encourage locals to support the hospitality and tourism industries as they are able. Many local businesses remain open with healthy and preventative practices in place.
President & CEO, Visit KC
Stay at Home Order
Beginning March 24, 2020, residents will be directed to stay at home unless traveling for essential needs. This directive is expected to run for 30 days, with the potential for an extension of an additional 30 days, depending on public health considerations available at the time.
- Watch the news conference announcing the decision.
- Residents are permitted to leave their homes for essential activities, including exercising and maintaining personal health (running/walking/biking), working at an essential business, obtaining necessary services or seeking medical care.
- Consult the City's FAQ to better understand what constitutes an "essential business or activity."
Many area restaurants, coffee shops and cafes may offer curbside pickup and to-go ordering options. Consult directly with these establishments regarding updates to hours and availability.
Several area attractions have closed in order to encourage social distancing. Consult directly with area attractions regarding updates to hours and availability.
Many local, regional and national events have been canceled or postponed due to CDC guidance and the Mayor’s State of Emergency proclamation. Consult directly with event organizers regarding updates to dates and potential postponements.
Support the Community
Stay on top of the latest ways to support the Kansas City region with special services, organizations and fundraisers in need of donations and other ideas on how to help by going to VisitKC.com/community.
Small Business Assistance
On Tuesday, March 31, AltCap announced the introduction of the Small Business Relief Loan Fund. The community-backed fund is designed to provide financial support to small businesses "in retail, food service, arts and entertainment, hospitality, healthcare not directly involved in the COVID-19 response, fitness, personal service, and transportation." Read more at alt-cap.org and access the full release here.
Governor Parson of Missouri announced on Wednesday, March 18, a plan to seek assistance for Missouri businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Read the full release for more information.
Visit KC is working with the Office of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II to bring enhanced resources to our area. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration is providing targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and private nonprofit organizations that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Learn more and apply for assistance at sba.gov/disaster.
Additionally, the City of Kansas City has compiled information dedicated to financial resources for local businesses, including details regarding utilities, emergency loans and more.
Contact the Grocers Association if you are a restaurant owner/manager who has laid off good workers but would like to help them during this time. The Grocers Association will help connect employees to short-term work in local grocery stores and can be reached at 913-384-3830 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Press 1 when prompted.
Wal-Mart needs temporary employees, and the company has established a fast-track system for people to apply for jobs. Go to walmartcareers.com and follow the instructions, or text, ”Hire me” to 240240 for an immediate response. Wal-Mart jobs pay $11 per hour and up and many are full-time positions.
TeamKC and the Kansas City Area Development Council are compiling a list of other job opportunities throughout the region. To view other available postings, such as those offered by Amazon, ChowNow and Sprint, click here.
If you would like to receive updates about what the City is doing in response to the Coronavirus, text COVIDKC to 888777.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is operating a hotline for residents and health care providers to call for information and guidance about COVID-19. The statewide hotline number is 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- City of Kansas City, Missouri
- KCMO Health Department – Planning for a Pandemic
- Coronavirus FAQs
- Destinations International COVID-19 Travel Industry Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Travel Association Preparedness and Response
- PCMA – What Event Professionals Need to Know
- MPO – Coronavirus Resources for Meeting Professionals
- International Association of Exhibitions and Events
- Meetings Mean Business Coalition – Open Letter
- MySidewalk – How This Impacts Jackson County
- ACL – COVID-19 Information for Seniors and People with Disabilities
- ADA – The ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and COVID-19
- Missouri Restaurant Association Workers Benefit Fund