Just as TKC readers predicted, today the Mayor has imposed draconian limits on Kansas City in the name of public health and preventing the worsening spread of COVID-19.
Most importantly . . .
MAYOR Q FORBIDS ANY GATHERING OVER 10 & IMPOSES A DRASTIC COVID-19 CURFEW ON KANSAS CITY!!!
To wit . . .
LOCAL SMALL BIZ HAS ALREADY WARNED THAT THESE STRICT LIMITS WILL COST HUNDREDS OF WORKERS THEIR JOBS!!!
The local bar and restaurant business was barely hanging on by a thread to begin with and these restrictions will undoubtedly push more owners over the edge and into shut down and bankruptcy.
And so, here are the new rules . . .
- All indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum.
- Restaurants, taverns, and all other venues, including wedding and other event spaces, shall close at 10 p.m., require social distancing between different parties, and limit the number of occupants indoors to no more than 50 percent of building occupancy.
- Indoor and outdoor patrons at these facilities must be seated, and also masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking. Indoor and outdoor parties are limited to a maximum of 10 people and parties shall be spaced with no less than six feet of distance between themselves and individuals from any other parties.
- Restaurants, taverns, and bars must immediately report known COVID-19 cases to the Kansas City Health Department.
- Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Patrons of gyms, fitness, and recreational centers, including city, school, and other publicly-owned and managed facilities are required to wear masks at all times, and these establishments are limited to no more than 50 percent capacity.
Again, one more time just for the cheap seats . . .
MAYOR Q'S DECREE WILL DIRECTLY LEAD TO MORE JOB LOSSES AS DOZENS OF LOCAL SMALL BIZ OWNERS HAVE ALREADY WARNED THEY CAN'T OPERATE UNDER STRICT KCMO COVID LIMITS!!!
Local small biz has opposed the Mayor on these measures and been rebuffed by this town's political establishment and most of the media during the election fracas.
Moreover . . .
Midtown biz leaders implored city hall for a compromise to avoid this crackdown but were rebuffed by Mayor Q's team.
To be fair, any détente with Westport honchos is impossible because nearly all of their conversations are ruled by EPIC egos.
The Mayor's answer against small biz questions, a redirect against his GOP colleagues . . .
"Hearing a lot about me “destroying business.” KC works hard to help the impacted, but priority is to keep folks safe. I encourage those concerned to join me in reaching out to DC and Jefferson City leaders about further support for small business and the hospitality industry!"
And so, the new rules and small biz crackdown are, in fact, the new normal as the "dark days" of Winter quickly becoming a reality in Kansas City.
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