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.
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
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.
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.
- Loews Kansas City Hotel
- Kansas City Marriott Downtown
- Westin Crown Center
- Crowne Plaza Kansas City
- Crossroads Hotel
- 21c Museum Hotel
- Hotel Kansas City
- Kansas City Marriott Airport
- Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown
- Marriott Kansas City Overland Park
- Hyatt Place Kansas City Airport
- Hyatt Place Overland Park Convention Center
Special Event Venues and Stadiums
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.
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.
- Crown Center
- Kansas City Zoo
- National WWI Museum and Memorial
- Union Station
- The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Worlds of Fun (now closed for season)
For additional information, please visit the Greater Kansas City Attraction Association.
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.
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.
For the most accurate and up-to-date local information surrounding Coronavirus, we encourage you to visit the following additional resources.
- City of Kansas City, Missouri
- KCMO Health Department – Planning for a Pandemic
- Coronavirus FAQs
- KC Event Hub - Guidelines for Outdoor Events & Races
- 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
- Meetings Mean Business Coalition – Open Letter
- MySidewalk – How This Impacts Jackson County
- ACL – COVID-19 Information for Seniors and People with Disabilities
- The ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and COVID-19
- Missouri Restaurant Association Commitment
Our goal is to provide the most current and accurate information; however, changes do occur. Please check directly with individual businesses and organizations to confirm their most up-to-date guidelines.