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 Feb. 22, 2021
- According to updated guidelines unveiled on Feb. 19, restaurants, bars, and taverns may resume operating according to their permitted hours, and no longer need to close to in-person service at midnight, though these establishments must follow Social Distancing Requirements between separate parties and tables, from back of chair to back of chair.
- All attendees and staff at events must follow masking and social distancing guidelines. While events are no longer required to submit a mitigation plan, the Kansas City Health Department will be available for consultation to ensure safety at these events.
- Provided all attendees follow masking and social distancing guidelines, there is no upper limit on gathering size.
- Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Indoor and outdoor patrons at facilities where food or drink is served for on-site consumption (including event spaces) must be seated and masked at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.
- Business and event operators must immediately report any known COVID-19 cases among staff or patrons to the Kansas City Health Department.
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. The Kansas City Convention Center has achieved 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. Read the full release here.
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.
According to updated guidelines unveiled on Feb. 19, restaurants, bars, and taverns may resume operating according to their permitted hours, and no longer need to close to in-person service at midnight, though these establishments must follow Social Distancing Requirements between separate parties and tables, from back of chair to back of chair.
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
- Home2 Suites Kansas City Airport
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.
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
- How to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus at In-Person Events -- Successful Meetings
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.