The Examiner 14 Jan, 2021 03:00 am

Jackson County Health Department COVID-19

Bars and restaurants will now be allowed to serve food and alcohol until midnight instead of 10 p.m.

Jackson County says it is relaxing an indoor dining time restriction, effective Thursday, to lessen confusion and be fair to businesses around the county.Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr.“However, to remain consistent with neighboring jurisdictions, lessen confusion among residents and create fairness for Eastern Jackson County businesses, we have decided to move forward in this manner.The revised county guideline does not apply to Kansas City or Independence, though it is similar to the guidelines in Independence, and Kansas City Mayor Quentin Lucas also announced Wednesday that the city is allowing indoor dining until midnight.

Independence, which has allowed bar and restaurant indoor service until midnight since it reinstated its own health department in mid-December, says it has no immediate plans to change guidelines.” Bridgette Shaffer, director of the County Health Department, urged citizens to still consider curbside pickup or delivery to avoid risks of dining in, and to avoid situations in which it can be difficult to maintain social distancing and wear masks.

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