In an increased effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Quinton Lucas has issued a “Stay at Home” order for residents of Kansas City and Johnson, Jackson and Wyandotte counties beginning Tuesday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m.
Residents are required to stay home except for “essential activities.” These activities include grocery shopping and trips to the pharmacy, doctor’s office, banks, and restaurants. Outdoor activity will still be allowed, so long as individuals comply with social distancing requirements.
“As community spread of COVID-19 continues throughout our region, we are taking aggressive action to flatten the curve and protect our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” said Lucas. “We are asking our entire community to unite to prevent the spread of this virus and appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this time.”
Gatherings such as weddings, funerals and memorial services will be prohibited.
Violations will be punishable by a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.
The order is in effect until April 24 and will be updated as needed.
Kansas City joins a growing list of city and state governments that have issued similar orders, including St. Louis County and the states of New York, California and Illinois.
The metro area continues to see a rising number of cases, with 13 in Kansas City and five in Jackson County. There are 74 cases statewide and three deaths.