Follow the guidelines of the jurisdiction in which your business is located. (Ex: if your business is located in Kansas City, MO, you will follow the guidelines issued by Mayor Quinton Lucas for the city. Upon the expiration or rescinding of KCMO’s guidelines, you will fall back onto your county guidelines, then to the state guidelines, etc.)
Kansas City, MO
Beginning Monday, June 29, all Kansas Citians must wear a face covering or mask while indoors in an area of public accommodation. These spaces include, but are not limited to, grocery and retail stores, special events, and public transit. Exceptions apply. Please visit the KCMO Reopens FAQ page for more information.
As of November 20, 2020, Mayor Quinton Lucas’s emergency order is being strengthened until at least January 16, 2021. New restrictions include the following:
- All indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum.
- Restaurants, taverns, and all other venues, including wedding and other event spaces, shall close at 10:00 PM and shall limit the number of occupants indoors to no more than 50 percent of room 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. Operators must report any COVID cases among staff or patrons to the Department of Health.
- 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, must wear masks, and are limited to no more than 50 percent capacity.
For additional guidelines business must follow in KCMO, please visit the KCMO.gov website.
Clay County, MO
Clay County has issued a 4-phase approach to reopening the economy. As of November 17, 2020, Clay County is still in Phase 2, Step 2, but guidelines have been amended. Business should continue the following precautions:
- Restaurants, taverns, and all other venues, including public and private or membership-only event spaces, serving food and drink indoors shall limit the number of occupants to no more than 50 percent of building occupancy, and shall close at 10:00 p.m. 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 ten (10) or 3 fewer persons and parties shall be spaced with no less than six feet of distance between themselves and individuals from any other parties.
- Masks must be worn at all indoor spaces with more than one person per room or barrier-divided space and outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained, except where further exceptions, if any, are approved by the Director of Public Health. Exceptions apply.
- Gyms, fitness, and recreational centers, including city, school, and other publicly-owned and managed facilities, shall be limited to no more than 50 percent capacity and be subject to all indoor and outdoor rules within this Order, including the requirement that all patrons wear masks indoors at all times and maintain social distancing of not less than six feet.
- Business operations generally open to the public and operating in a publicly accessible capacity where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained during the provision of service and not described elsewhere in this order shall maintain six feet of distance between areas of service, such as tables, booths, -or stations in addition to the wearing a face covering or mask.
- All businesses are encouraged to allow their employees to work remotely to the fullest extent possible.
Johnson County, KS
On June 11, 2020, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted that Johnson County will now follow the voluntary recommendations and guidance in the state’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.
For more information, please visit the JOCO.gov website.
State of Kansas
Beginning Friday, July 3, 2020, masks are required when out in any public space in which 6 ft. social distancing cannot be followed. Exceptions apply. Please click here to see the full guidelines issued by Gov. Kelly.
Upon reopening, businesses are highly encouraged to follow the guidelines outlined for their industry. Find your industry’s guidelines here.
For the most recent updates, please visit the covid.ks.gov website.
State of Missouri
Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued a stay-at-home order through Sunday, May 3, 2020. Upon reopening on Monday, May 4, please follow the guidelines issued by Gov. Parson found on the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan website. Guidelines for businesses are as follows:
- Prepare to implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices, regarding:
- Protective equipment;
- Temperature checks;
- Testing, isolating, and contact tracing; and
- Sanitation, including disinfection of common and high-traffic areas (entrances, breakrooms, locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with the public/customers).
- Modify physical workspaces to maximize social distancing.
- Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
- Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
- Develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibilities and protections, including:
- Encouraging telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations;
- Returning to work in phases and/or split shifts, if possible;
- Limiting access to common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact; and
- Ensuring that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance.
- Prepare to implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices, regarding:
For the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan FAQ, please click here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC provides interim guidance on how to continue business while protecting the health of your employees and customers. Please visit the CDC website for detailed information on how to practice reducing transmission among employees, maintaining healthy business operations, and maintaining a healthy work environment.
Click here to view latest travel tips from WingGate Travel.
As of June 15, 2020, the SBA is now accepting new EIDL applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. All funds from the EIDL Advance program has been allocated and is no longer available.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Forgivable $10,000 advance option available when applying for the SBA EIDL.
For more information, click here.
SBA Customer Service Center provides language support. Please call (800) 659-2955 and ask to be connected to the language line if you need translation while applying for financial assistance.
The deadline to apply for the PPP passed on June 30, 2020. If you have already applied and need more information, please review the following information.
The program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as they are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020 or until reaching to the funding cap.
Click here to view updates to the PPP loan released by the SBA on 6/12/2020.
Click here for FAQ page.
Click here for helpful tools for the PPP.
Click here for a CARES Act Overview video recording presented by UMB and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Click here for a CARES Act Overview presentation from Connectus Worldwide
Introduced guaranteed paid sick leave for employees who can’t work due to coronavirus, expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include coronavirus-related issues such as school closings, guaranteed reimbursement to employers via tax credits, and expanded unemployment programs in all states (including Kansas and Missouri).
For more information click here.
- Missouri unemployment program amended by the FFCRA
- Kansas unemployment program amended by the FFCRA
- Johnson County, KS CARES Small Business Grant Program
- Applications open Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. CST
- First come – first served
- One-time $10,000 grant
- Microsoft: offering free premium services to support remote workers at home.
- Evergy: extended payment options, no late fees until the end of 2020, reduced payments for reconnecting service with no security deposit, and more.
- Kabbage: Through Kabbage Payments™, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses.
- AT&T: Special offers to assist work-from-home transitions without significant disruption.
- Alt-Cap: KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund applications have been reopened and are currently accepting new applications.
Free legal resources for small businesses from local law firms:
- National Restaurant Association
- James Beard Foundation
- List to-go/gift card offerings on the following sites:
Chamber Member Restaurants Available for Pick-Up/Delivery
- ABC Café
- Asian Pearl Restaurant
- Blue Sushi Sake Grill
- Cafe Vie
- Gangnam Korean Restaurant
Pick-up and delivery: ordergangnamop.com
- Pirate’s Bone Burgers
Pick-up/delivery: order online or over the phone
- Thai Place
Kansas businesses fill out this form to help the Kansas Dept. of Commerce assess the need across the state, which will be communicated to officials at the state and national level.
Take the KC BizCare Business Impact Survey to assist with building a response and recovery plan for small businesses operating in high-risk industries and communities being impacted by COVID-19.
Check out Order KC to know which restaurants are still available for to-go orders.
If any resource has been missed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add to this page.
Page last updated November 20, 2020.