Kansas City's Health, Safety and Reopening Guidelines

Kansas City's Health, Safety and Reopening Guidelines

Visit KC’s main priority is the safety and well-being of the region’s residents, visitors and convention attendees. To learn more, please read this letter from Visit KC's Sales and Services team. 

Updated Oct. 13, 2020

KCMO Reopening Guidelines

  • There are currently no size restrictions or capacity limits on in-person gatherings in the state of Missouri as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
  • Under the current local emergency order in effect in Kansas City, Missouri, through Jan. 16, all Kansas Citians and guests must wear a face covering or mask while indoors in an area of public accommodation. These spaces include, but are not limited to, grocery and retail stores, special event venues and public transit. All employees or visitors to any place of public accommodation must wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not possible.
  • While not required, all Kansas Citians are strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors in any situation where they are unable to maintain six feet of social distance from others.
  • The updated local order will remain in effect until Jan. 16, 2021. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change, based on guidance from public health officials and other medical experts.

Missouri State Mandate

Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City Convention Center

The Kansas City Convention Center is following the recommendations of the Kansas City Department of Health, the Governor of Missouri and the Mayor of Kansas City. There are currently no size restrictions on event gatherings, given social distancing can be practiced. The Convention Center is pursuing STAR accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), recognizing a higher standard for proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.


Kansas City International Airport

The Kansas City Aviation Department is working diligently to provide a safe, secure and healthy environment for all travelers and employees at Kansas City International Airport. Department leaders are in close contact with the Kansas City Health Department and other expert agencies and support those agencies’ efforts.


Bars, Restaurants and Taverns

Bars and Restaurants in Kansas City

Many restaurants have reinstated dine-in services while following City guidance on safely reopening, while others maintain curbside pickup and to-go ordering options. Consult directly with these establishments regarding updates to hours and availability.

Following an updated order from Mayor Quinton Lucas, bars and taverns are currently limited to 50-percent capacity through Jan. 16, 2021.


Hotels in Kansas City

Kansas City hotels are prioritizing cleanliness for their employees and guests. Below are examples of ways local hoteliers are putting the safety and well being at the forefront. 


Special Event Venues and Stadiums

Arenas and Venues in KC

While there are no size restrictions on gatherings, following social distancing guidelines, most indoor venues are closed to public events at this time. Visit individual locations for additional information.



Attractions in Kansas City

Several area attractions have begun to reopen with preventative measures and safety protocols in place. Consult directly with area attractions regarding updates to hours and availability. 


For additional information, please visit the Greater Kansas City Attraction Association.

Retail Stores

Retail stores and malls are currently allowed to open. Face coverings and capacity limitations apply within Kansas City, Missouri. Visit individual store and shopping center websites for current operating procedures and revised schedules.



Transportation in Kansas City

Transportation companies are taking steps to minimize exposure to customers and employees. Face coverings are required in all modes of transportation.


Visit KC Visitor Center

Visit KC's Downtown Visitor Information Center is currently closed to walk-in visits. Staff is available by phone and email during business hours, or you can keep up-to-date with Kansas City happenings via social media.