Following the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated mask guidance that eases indoor mask-wearing for vaccinated people, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced the city’s Emergency COVID-19 Order and mask mandate will be rescinded on Friday, May 14 at noon.

While the change means the city can no longer enforce COVID-19 health guidelines, businesses and schools can still enforce their own regulations.

“We’re not throwing away our masks,” Lucas said. “If you’re around a crowd of folks, particularly if you’re indoors, I encourage you to continue to be safe and responsible.”

Kansas City Health Director Dr. Rex Archer said those who have not been vaccinated will be at higher risk now that the mask mandate is lifted and he encourages residents get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“We will shift, as is necessary, to ensuring those needing access to the vaccine take it and that we look out for the continued health and safety of our neighbors,” Lucas said. “We thank the many individuals and businesses in Kansas City who have worked hard to keep us all safe over the past 14 months. We saved lives looking out for each other and all in Kansas City should be proud of the steps we have taken to protect our community’s health.”

Mask requirements remain in institutions like hospitals, homeless shelters and nursing homes.

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