Wednesday, April 29, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY SMALL BIZ DENOUNCE MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS & CONFUSING 10-10-10 REOPEN PLAN!!!
Already, today's big Kansas City reopen announcement from Mayor Quinton Lucas has elicited mostly negative reaction and criticism of his bold pronouncements without much support for local biz to help guide them through the process.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY SMALL BIZ OVERWHELMINGLY DENOUNCE MAYOR LUCAS AND THE REOPEN PLAN THEY CLAIM WILL CREATE MORE CORONAVIRUS CONFUSION!!!
A few texts from Westport biz owners and this e-mail sent our way points out one of many flaws . . .
"Obviously the mayor has never operated a business. His plan calls for me to play policeman, doctor and doorman in addition to all of usual duties in running my business. And he has also opened up every local venue to enormous liability if somebody claims that I'm not following the rules and decides to file a lawsuit."
This is just one complaint out of many and we're watching more small biz reaction moving forward . . .
NO MASK, NO SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY?!?
That sounds far fetched but a few local businesses are already pushing pushing this policy and it leads us to the next problem . . .
THE KANSAS CITY 10-10-10 PLAN PUTS PANDEMIC RESPONSIBILITY ON SMALL BIZ WITHOUT HELP FROM CITY HALL!!!
What we've seen in the immediate aftermath of this plan is nothing but confusion, more questions and only the lowly 311 line offered to local biz in desperate need of assistance to sort out their reopen responsibility.
Here's the "official" word . . .
Mayor Announces Plan for Reopening
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas today—in consultation with Kansas City Health Department Director Rex Archer, M.D.—announced Kansas City’s phased reopening plan.
Beginning May 15, all Kansas City businesses will be able to open, subject to a “10/10/10 Rule.”
The 10/10/10 Rule specifies that all non-essential Kansas City businesses must limit the number of customers allowed in their establishment at one time to no more than 10 percent of building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is larger), and record the names, contact information, and approximate entry/exit time of all customers who are on premises and seated for more than 10 minutes. Establishments such as grocery stores, medical and dental offices, pharmacies, and other essential businesses are not subject to the 10/10/10 Rule.
Gyms, museums, bars and in-person restaurant dining will open with additional Health Department guidance on May 15 to best protect workers and patrons.
“More important than moving quickly is moving carefully and responsibly, and the steps we’re taking today allow our businesses to return to productivity while keeping their workers and customers safe,” said Mayor Lucas.
Based on public health guidance, non-essential businesses that are not open to the public will be permitted to open one week from today, subject to social distancing guidance. Religious gatherings – including weddings and funerals – of 10 people inside and 50 people outside can resume on the same date, provided social distancing is maintained and event organizers record the names and contact information of all attendees. In the interest of public health and subject to City Order, any Kansas Citian who does not yet feel safe returning to a non-essential workplace cannot be compelled by their employer to return prior to May 15.
Local coverage . . . .
KSHB: KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas unveils ‘soft-opening’ plan
KCTV5: Starting at 12:01 a.m. on May 6, some non-essential businesses that are not open to the general public can bring employees back in to work.
KCTV5: The businesses must continue to follow social distancing guidelines, and the city is requiring that businesses continue to allow employees the option of working at home if they are concerned for their health.
KCUR: Mayor Quinton Lucas says the number of new COVID-19 infections in Kansas City has declined steadily since April 7.
Fox4: This will not apply to bars, dine-in restaurants, museums, public access to government facilities, dog parks and the zoo. These are still expected to remain closed until at least May 15.
You decide . . .