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
All non-essential businesses can re-open starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020, pending compliance to Health Department regulations and the “10/10/10” rule. Businesses must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Limit the number of customers allowed to no more than 10 percent of building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is larger).
- Record the names, contact information, and approximate entry/exit time of all customers who are on premises for more than 10 minutes.
- Gyms, museums, bars, in-person restaurant dining, dog parks, playgrounds, movie theaters, and public access to government buildings and community centers must remain closed until Friday, May 15, 2020.
For additional guidelines business must follow in KCMO, please visit the KCMO.gov website.
Clay County, Missouri
Clay County has issued a 4-phase approach to reopening the economy. As of Monday, May 4, 2020, Clay County is in Phase 1, with the goal to advance phases every two weeks. Phase 1 includes the following guidelines for businesses:
- Staff should wear protective gear like masks when interacting with others. Also, staff that present any symptoms of COVID-19 should be allowed to stay home and encouraged to be tested (clayhealth.com/testing).
- Capacity limitations: restaurants, bars, gyms/fitness studios, personal services businesses, houses of worship, and retail establishments of any kind should limit the number of people (staff and visitors/customers) in their building during Step 1, according to Clay County Public Health guidance. For locations smaller than 10,000 sq. feet, limit to 25% occupancy based on fire/building code. Locations larger than 10,000 sq. feet, limit to 10% occupancy based on fire/building code.
- Promote proper hygiene for employees and customers, such as frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Supply alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Provide access to hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol at multiple locations, including the building entrance, if possible.
- Hang proper signage reminding customers to keep six feet apart and to not enter if they are sick. These can be downloaded at clayhealth.com/recovery in the communications toolkit.
Johnson County, KS
Johnson County is following the phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan (see below). The local health officer’s order to extend the governor’s stay-at-home order by a week in Johnson County means that the first phase is planned to begin May 11.
For more information, please visit the JOCO.gov website.
State of Kansas
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay-at-home order through Sunday, May 3, 2020. The State of Kansas is currently in Phase 1.5, found in the Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas guidelines, issued by Gov. Kelly. Phase 1.5 includes:
- Telework strongly encouraged when possible
- Any employee exhibiting symptoms should be required to stay home
- Minimize or avoid nonessential travel
- Follow KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines for travel to high-risk areas
- Establishments not allowed to open are as follows: bars and nightclubs excluding already operating curbside and carryout services, casinos (non-tribal), and indoor leisure spaces.
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.
- Minimize business travel.
- 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 tips from WingGate Travel.
Please note the SBA is only accepting EIDL applications for U.S. agricultural businesses at this time. This page will be updated as more information becomes 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 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 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. Small businesses and nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees can apply including sole proprietors and independent contractors. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institutions. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020 or until reaching to the funding cap.
Click here for FAQ page.
Click here to find eligible lenders in your area
Click here for a CARES Act Overview video recording presented by UMB and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
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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.
Federal tax filing deadline extended to July 15, 2020, and new tax credits available for businesses affected by coronavirus.
- Delayed filing for state taxes in Missouri and Kansas until July 15, 2020
- Missouri unemployment program amended by the FFCRA
- Kansas unemployment program amended by the FFCRA
- Google and Microsoft: offering free premium services to support remote workers at home.
- Evergy: extended payment options, no late fees until May 1, no power disconnections related to nonpayments, and more.
- Opportunity Fund: Small Business Relief Fund aims to raise support for small businesses — especially those run by women, people of color, and immigrants. Keep checking their website periodically to know when the fund will be open for applications.
- 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.
- Launching donations to restaurants through Uber Eats app in NYC. Stay tuned for expansion to other cities following NYC testing.
- National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: Restaurant Employee Relief Fund aims to make grants available 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. Funds have been depleted and Alt-Cap is no longer accepting applications, but sign up for their newsletters to be notified of future funding options.
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
- Korean Restaurant Sobahn
Pick-up: please call to order
- 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 email@example.com to add to this page.
Page last updated May 27, 2020.