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Reopening Guidelines

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 May 31, 2020, there is no longer any distinction between non-essential and essential businesses. All businesses are allowed to be open upon adhering to the following guidelines:

    • Limit the number of customers allowed to no more than 50% of building occupancy.
    • Ensure customers and staff maintain six feet of social distancing.
    • Businesses that are generally open to the public where social distancing cannot be maintained at all times (such as salons, restaurants, bars, and taverns) must maintain six feet of distance between areas of service –such as tables, booths, or chairs – and must require all service providers to wear masks while providing services.
    • Gatherings, such as religious services, weddings, funerals, lectures, and performances, are limited to 50 percent of listed occupancy, provided social distancing is maintained.

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 Monday, June 15, 2020, Clay County is still in Phase 2, Step 2, but guidelines have been amended. Business should continue the following precautions:

    • All businesses and organizations must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities.
    • Face coverings are to be used by employees.
    • When possible, business operations should still be conducted remotely allowing employees to work from home.

For more information, please review the Clay County Recovery Plan (amended 7/20/2020), and visit clayhealth.com for additional updates.

 

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.

Your business might be eligible to receive FREE PPE (personal protective equipment)! Fill out this survey to learn more. 

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. 

The State of Kansas is currently in Phase 3, found in the Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas guidelines, issued by Gov. Kelly. Phase 3 includes:

    • Employers may begin reducing telework and start bringing employees back to work in an office setting.
    • Avoid large gatherings of employees in groups of more than 45 where social distancing protocols cannot be maintained except for infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity AND phase in employees on-site as possible while maintaining 6 feet of distance between employee workstations.
    • Any employees exhibiting symptoms should be required to stay at home and asked to call their health care provider.
    • Engage in nonessential travel but follow KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines for travel to high-risk areas.
    • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between consumers (individuals or groups). Restaurants or dining establishments may meet this requirement by using physical barriers sufficient to prevent virus spread between seated customers or groups of seated customers.

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.

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.

 

Travel Tips & Updates During COVID-19

Click here to view tips from WingGate Travel.

 

Financial Support & Assistance

 

Federal

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


State


Major Corporations

    • Google and 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.
    • Uber Eats: Waiving delivery fee to drive customer demand and assist independent restaurants.
    • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: Restaurant Employee Relief Fund provides grants to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
    • Alt-Cap: KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund applications have been reopened and are currently accepting new applications.

 

Legal Resources

Free legal resources for small businesses from local law firms: 

 

Restaurant Resources

Chamber Member Restaurants Available for Pick-Up/Delivery

  • ABC Café

Pick-up: abccafeop.com
(913) 859-0089 

  • Asian Pearl Restaurant

Pick-up: asianpearlkc.net
Delivery: Grubhub
(913) 541-8885 

  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Pick-up: order.bluesushisakegrill.com
(913) 236-6100

  • Cafe Vie

Pick-up: order.cafevieks.com
Delivery: DoorDash
(913) 901-0565
(913) 652-9140 

  • Gangnam Korean Restaurant

Pick-up and delivery: ordergangnamop.com
(913) 383-8888 

  • Pirate’s Bone Burgers

Pick-up/delivery: order online or over the phone
piratesboneburgers.com
(816) 605-1014

  • Thai Place

Pick-up: thaiplaceop.com
(913) 649-5420 

 

Other Resources

Kansas Dept. of Commerce

Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services

America’s SBDC Missouri resources

America’s SBDC Kansas resources

KCSourceLink Coronavirus Business Resources & Updates

COVID-19 Business Response Survey II Results

 

How You Can Help

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.

Donate to Small Business Relief fund.

Donate to the Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund.

Donate to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

Donate to the GKC Community Foundation.

Donate to IAKC COVID-19 medical relief fund.

Purchase gift certificates from small businesses using Kabbage Payments™.

Check out Order KC to know which restaurants are still available for to-go orders.

 

If any resource has been missed, please contact aacckc@asianchamberkc.com to add to this page.

Page last updated August 5, 2020.