Platte County announces new public health restrictions to slow COVID-19

Officials in Platte County, Missouri, have issued a new public health order with restrictions aimed…

Officials in Platte County, Missouri, have issued a new public health order with restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.Officials said the order, which goes into effect Monday, is essentially the same as what will be in place in Kansas City and Clay County. In a release from the Platte County Health Department, officials said the three health directors in Platte, Clay and Kansas City, Missouri, felt strongly that all three orders needed to be similar due to widespread community spread throughout the entire region. Restrictions under the order include mandating that restaurants, taverns and all venues serving food and drink indoors should limit capacity to no more than 50% occupancy, and shall close no later than 10 p.m. Also under the order, indoor and outdoor patrons must be seated and masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking.Indoor and outdoor parties are limited to 10 or fewer people, and social distancing is required between parties. Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, or barrier-divided space, as well as outdoor spaces where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Exceptions to these rules may be approved by the Director of Public Health. Gyms and fitness centers are limited to 50% occupancy with masks required at all times. Gathering size is also limited under this order to a maximum of 10 people. This includes both public and private events. Regular commercial, nonprofit and educational activity is excluded from this measure. Anyone wishing to hold a gathering of more than 10 must submit a plan to the Director of Public Health with information on plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. According to the order, “The infectious disease pre-approval requirement covers all gatherings of 10 or more persons, including, but not limited to, celebrations, concerts, sporting events with spectators, receptions, private parties, lectures or life milestone events.”The order will begin Monday morning and will continue until further notice from the county.

Officials in Platte County, Missouri, have issued a new public health order with restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Officials said the order, which goes into effect Monday, is essentially the same as what will be in place in Kansas City and Clay County.

In a release from the Platte County Health Department, officials said the three health directors in Platte, Clay and Kansas City, Missouri, felt strongly that all three orders needed to be similar due to widespread community spread throughout the entire region.

Restrictions under the order include mandating that restaurants, taverns and all venues serving food and drink indoors should limit capacity to no more than 50% occupancy, and shall close no later than 10 p.m. Also under the order, indoor and outdoor patrons must be seated and masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking.

Indoor and outdoor parties are limited to 10 or fewer people, and social distancing is required between parties.

Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, or barrier-divided space, as well as outdoor spaces where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.

Exceptions to these rules may be approved by the Director of Public Health.

Gyms and fitness centers are limited to 50% occupancy with masks required at all times.

Gathering size is also limited under this order to a maximum of 10 people. This includes both public and private events. Regular commercial, nonprofit and educational activity is excluded from this measure. Anyone wishing to hold a gathering of more than 10 must submit a plan to the Director of Public Health with information on plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

According to the order, “The infectious disease pre-approval requirement covers all gatherings of 10 or more persons, including, but not limited to, celebrations, concerts, sporting events with spectators, receptions, private parties, lectures or life milestone events.”

The order will begin Monday morning and will continue until further notice from the county.

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