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Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte counties remove curfews, closing time restrictions for bars, restaurants – KMBC Kansas City

NEWS. THAT BREAKING NEWS IS IN MISSOURI. THE STATE IS MOVING TO THE NEXT TIER OF COVID-19 VACCINATIONS. THE GOVERNOR MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT JUST WITHIN THE PAST HOUR AND KMBC9’S MICHAEL MAHONEY HAS MORE NOW ON WHAT THIS MEANS MICHAEL. WELL KELLY TO BEGIN WITH ANOTHER BIG GROUP MORE THAN A HALF MILLION MORE, MISSOURI AND WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE SHOT. IN ON MARCH THE 15TH. THAT’S A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY TIER THREE INCLUDES MISSOURI’S TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS CHILD CARE WORKERS GROCERY STORE WORKERS AND PEOPLE WHO WORK IN TRANSPORTATION PARSONS SAYS THE STATE CAN DO THIS BECAUSE THE SUPPLY OF VACCINE IS INCREASING NOT ONLY THE SUPPLY OF THE TWO VACCINES NOW IN USE THEY ARE NOW EXPECTING ANOTHER THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON SINGLE-DOSE VACCINE TO BE APPROVED BY WASHINGTON FRIDAY AND SHIPPED INTO MISSOURI NEXT WEEK. WE EXPECT TO SEE A CONTINUED SLOW BUT STEADY INCREASE IN VACCINE SUPPLY. WE HEARD NEWS THIS WEEK. THAT THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE INCREASING THEIR PRODUCTION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO INCREASE OUR ALLOTMENT. NOW PARSONS SAYS THE STATE GOT 120,000 DOSES DIRECTLY FROM WASHINGTON THIS WEEK. HE THINKS THAT WILL INCREASE TO 128,500 NEXT WEEK AS MISSOURI ANNOUNCES. THEY ARE OPENING UP A THIRD TIER OF VACCINATIONS STARTING ON MARCH 15TH, KELLY. THANK YOU. MICHAEL KNOW THE GOVERNOR IS ALSO DENYING THAT RURAL AREAS OF MISSOURI ARE GETTING MORE VACCINE DOSES THAN METRO AREAS LIKE KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS. SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT VACCINES IN OUR AREA IN, KANSAS. 171,000 PEOPLE WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED AT THIS POINT. THAT’S ABOUT 5.9% OF THE POPULATION, MISSOURI HAS FULLY VACCINATED 346,000 PEOPLE. THAT’S ABOUT 5.6% OF THE STATE’S. SHOULD ABOUT THE POSITIVITY RATE IN BOTH STATES RIGHT NOW 5% OF COVID-19 TESTS ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE IN KANSAS 6.1% OF THE TESTS ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE IN MISSOURI, AND FOR BOTH STATES. IT IS THE LOWEST RATE OF POSITIVE TESTS IN MORE THAN SIX MONTHS. WE’LL CONTINUE TO TRACK THE PANDEMICS EFFECT ON THE JOB MARKET IN KANSAS FEWER THAN 4,000 PEOPLE FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT LAST WEEK. THAT’S THE LOWEST NUMBER SINCE AUGUST IN MISSOURI 17,000 PEOPLE FILED LAST WEEK. THAT IS UP 30% FROM THE WEEK BEFORE. BUT IN KANSAS PEOPLE ARE STILL HAVING TROUBLE GETTING PAID UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS KMBC9’S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER. MATT FLEENER SPOKE WITH A WOMAN WHO’S ON A HUNGER STRIKE IN TOPEKA. I’VE HAD TO TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. IT’S DAY FOUR OF RENEE. PERRIGO’S HUNGER STRIKE. OKAY ABOUT SITUATION. IT’S AWFUL IT IS THANK YOU WORD IS GETTING OUT ABOUT WHY SHE’S SITTING IN FRONT OF THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. I’M PUTTING IT AT THEIR DOORSTEP BECAUSE I’M SICK OF THEM NOT ACKNOWLEDGING IT. IT IS THE OTHER EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS HER FAMILY HAS NOT RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. SHE WANTS TO REPRESET OTHER KITTENS. I WAS GETTING HUNDREDS. MESSAGES STILL NOT GETTING THEIR MONEY A YEAR INTO A PANDEMIC JUST AN AWFUL FEELING TO WATCH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SUFFER. IT’S NO SECRET THE STATE LABOR DEPARTMENT HAS STRUGGLED TO PAY CLAIMS PERICLES STRUGGLE TO GET THROUGH ON JAM PHONE LINES. SO SHE WANTED TO TRY ANOTHER WAY EARLIER THIS WEEK GOVERNOR. LAURA. KELLY WAS ASKED ABOUT THIS HUNGER STRIKE. I CAN’T TALK ABOUT H SECRETARY CAN’T TALK ABOUT INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR ISSUES GOVERNOR. KELLY LATER SAID PAYMENTS CONTINUE TO GO OUT. SHE USED THE WORD CLAIMANT. AND SHE SHE DISREGARDED ME AS A HUMAN BEING BUT PERRIGO SAYS SHE STILL HASN’T SEEN HER MONEY. SHE’S HERE UNTIL SHE DOES BUT I AM WILLING TO SIT HERE. AND SO THE RIGHT PEOPLE LISTEN MATT FLEETER KMBC9 NEWS. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE IS IN TOPEKA ARE CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC. SO THE ONLY WAY TO GET THROUGH IS BY CALLING AN OVERWHELMED HOTLINE POWER WILL STAY ON IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, EVEN IF CAN’T PAY THEIR ELECTRIC BILLS THE KANSAS CITY, KANSAS BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES SAYS IT WILL NOT DISCONNECT UTILITIES THROUGH MARCH 31ST, BECAUSE OF HARDSHIPS CREATED BY THE PANDEMIC RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS OWNERS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED THOUGH TO STAY CURRENT WITH THEIR BILLS TO AVOID GETTING BEHIND AND POSSIBLY CUT OFF WHEN DISCONNECTS RESUME ON APRIL 1ST. JOHNSON COUNTY IS RELAXING SOME OF ITS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS THIS AFTERNOON THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO REMOVE CURFEWS FOR BARS RESTAURANTS AND OTHER BUSINESSES THAT ARE LICENSED TO SELL ALCOHOL

Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte counties remove curfews, closing time restrictions for bars, restaurants

Jackson County in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas announced they are relaxing some limitations

A week after Kansas City, Missouri rolled back some of its COVID-19 restrictions, Jackson County in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas announced they are also relaxing some limitations.In a joint news release, the counties that make up some of the largest population pockets in the metro area announced bars and restaurants will no longer have closing restrictions or curfews placed on them.The counties said gatherings must remain limited to 50% of a building’s capacity.”We continue to work together as a region to follow the data and take appropriate steps to protect public health,” the counties said in a joint statement. “Harmonizing our COVID rules regarding bar and restaurant closing times makes life simpler for businesses and residents. We are encouraged by the progress our region is making in fighting the virus, but we also know the fight is not over, and people need to continue to wear masks, social distance, and get vaccinated.” The new order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday in Wyandotte County and Jackson County. It goes into immediate effect in Johnson County.The new order in Wyandotte County relaxes guidance from a local health order originally issued on Jan. 12 that required bars, restaurants and taverns to close at midnight. That order was issued in response to a downtick of COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County.”Our primary goal has been and remains containing the spread of COVID-19, while simultaneously working to help residents, businesses, and the community manage and retain a sense of normalcy during these challenging times,” said David Alvey, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.”As such, I’m pleased that the latest public health data is allowing for further relaxation of existing Health Orders for local operators, and that this is being done jointly between Wyandotte, Jackson, and Johnson Counties in an effort to provide consistency and uniformity for both businesses and patrons. While service hours are being expanded, it remains the responsibility of everyone to do so in a safe and controlled manner, working to ensure employees and customers continue to mask up, maintain social distancing, disinfect, and work to protect the public health.”After Wyandotte County issued its new guidance in mid-January, Jackson County also amended its local health order on Jan. 13 to allow bars, restaurants and taverns to close at midnight. Jackson County Executive Frank White said it’s the right time to relax restrictions.“Successful partnerships require humility, respect for one another, and sacrificing one’s individual interests for the whole,” White said. “Not all leaders, especially elected ones, are able to do that. However, I am grateful that from the very early days of this pandemic, we have stood united in our commitment to science and united in our belief that we can be most effective in protecting our communities when we work together.” In a 5-2 vote on Jan. 28, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved an extension of a public health order and pushed back operating hours for bars, restaurants and some other businesses to midnight. The board voted on Thursday 7-0 to remove the curfew and closing restrictions.”Our local public health order as well as the cooperation of our residents and business community have helped mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert. “We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks, physically distance and avoid crowds, but feel that removing this time restriction on our restaurants and bars will help that sector of our business community serve its clientele. We encourage them to do so in the safe manner they have been by following gathering, capacity, and physical distancing protocols.”Jackson County reported Thursday 30,055 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak, but the statewide positivity rate has dropped to 6.1% — the lowest number in months. On Wednesday, Johnson County reported 54,002 confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak, and Wyandotte County has 19,110 cases. The positivity rate in Kansas is now at 5%, also the lowest it’s been in months.

A week after Kansas City, Missouri rolled back some of its COVID-19 restrictions, Jackson County in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas announced they are also relaxing some limitations.

In a joint news release, the counties that make up some of the largest population pockets in the metro area announced bars and restaurants will no longer have closing restrictions or curfews placed on them.

The counties said gatherings must remain limited to 50% of a building’s capacity.

“We continue to work together as a region to follow the data and take appropriate steps to protect public health,” the counties said in a joint statement. “Harmonizing our COVID rules regarding bar and restaurant closing times makes life simpler for businesses and residents. We are encouraged by the progress our region is making in fighting the virus, but we also know the fight is not over, and people need to continue to wear masks, social distance, and get vaccinated.”

The new order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday in Wyandotte County and Jackson County. It goes into immediate effect in Johnson County.

The new order in Wyandotte County relaxes guidance from a local health order originally issued on Jan. 12 that required bars, restaurants and taverns to close at midnight. That order was issued in response to a downtick of COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County.

“Our primary goal has been and remains containing the spread of COVID-19, while simultaneously working to help residents, businesses, and the community manage and retain a sense of normalcy during these challenging times,” said David Alvey, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.

“As such, I’m pleased that the latest public health data is allowing for further relaxation of existing Health Orders for local operators, and that this is being done jointly between Wyandotte, Jackson, and Johnson Counties in an effort to provide consistency and uniformity for both businesses and patrons. While service hours are being expanded, it remains the responsibility of everyone to do so in a safe and controlled manner, working to ensure employees and customers continue to mask up, maintain social distancing, disinfect, and work to protect the public health.”

After Wyandotte County issued its new guidance in mid-January, Jackson County also amended its local health order on Jan. 13 to allow bars, restaurants and taverns to close at midnight. Jackson County Executive Frank White said it’s the right time to relax restrictions.

“Successful partnerships require humility, respect for one another, and sacrificing one’s individual interests for the whole,” White said. “Not all leaders, especially elected ones, are able to do that. However, I am grateful that from the very early days of this pandemic, we have stood united in our commitment to science and united in our belief that we can be most effective in protecting our communities when we work together.”

In a 5-2 vote on Jan. 28, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved an extension of a public health order and pushed back operating hours for bars, restaurants and some other businesses to midnight. The board voted on Thursday 7-0 to remove the curfew and closing restrictions.

“Our local public health order as well as the cooperation of our residents and business community have helped mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert. “We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks, physically distance and avoid crowds, but feel that removing this time restriction on our restaurants and bars will help that sector of our business community serve its clientele. We encourage them to do so in the safe manner they have been by following gathering, capacity, and physical distancing protocols.”

Jackson County reported Thursday 30,055 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak, but the statewide positivity rate has dropped to 6.1% — the lowest number in months.

On Wednesday, Johnson County reported 54,002 confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak, and Wyandotte County has 19,110 cases. The positivity rate in Kansas is now at 5%, also the lowest it’s been in months.

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