Every day the local public health rules are becoming more stringent. Today there's another metro order that deserves consideration.

For our Kansas friends . . .

Now anyone who is not fully vaccinated and attends events in the following categories also needs to quarantine.

- More than 500 people
- No social distancing
- No one or very few people wearing masks

More . . .

Effective Aug. 13, one specific change to note is that “anyone who attends an in-state or out-of-state mass gathering of 500 or more where individuals do not social distance and wear a mask should follow the quarantine guidelines.”

This would include concerts and sporting events such as Royals games and Sporting Kansas City matches. Previously, only out-of-state mass gatherings were included.

Accordingly . . .


Even if it's important.

Full disclosure: We're also working a few side hustles to snag the most coveted of all video game consoles, a new gaming chair and some lube other supplies so forgive us if updates are a bit slow. #Priorities.

Nevertheless . . .

We naively believed promises of light at the end of the tunnel.

Now we merely reference this classic movie line in lieu of more honest sentiment . . .

Accordingly . . .

Check the www.TonysKansasCity.com Kansas City metro COVID news collection starting with the Kansas public health crackdown and then including the bigger picture . . .

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