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TRAVEL UPDATES & RESOURCES ON COVID-19

Updated: June 28, 2020, 8:00 AM

The Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau is actively monitoring developments surrounding coronavirus. The health and safety of our visitors and residents is our highest priority and this page will be updated regularly to provide you the latest information about travel to Kansas City, KS.

 

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GUIDANCE FOR TRAVELERS

At this time, there are no domestic federal restrictions for travel within the United States. However, health officials encourage the public to reconsider non-essential travel at this time. We encourage the traveling public to seek and heed the latest expert guidance, and to make fact-based travel decisions. Travelers should observe safe travel habits as outlined by the CDC.

  • Avoid large gatherings

  • Practice social distancing

  • If you're sick, stay home

  • Practice good hygiene, including washing hands frequently, and avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands at all times

  • If you feel ill, call your healthcare provider and stay home until you receive additional instructions from his or her office

  • Cover coughs with a tissue or your sleeve

LOCAL CASES

LOCAL TRAVEL ADVISORIES

  • On June 27, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas announced effective at 5 PM on Tuesday, June 30: Individuals are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth when in a public, indoor space (including a workplace, business, or place of worship). Exceptions include those who are deaf or hard of hearing, children younger than five years old, persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.  Read the entire guidelines here.

  • On June 5, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas announced it will move to Phase 3 of the Ad Astra Re-Opening Plan effective June 8, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.  In Phase 3, all businesses may re-open, and all education, activities, venues, and establishments may operate pursuant to mass gathering guidelines.  Read the entire plan and guidelines here.

  • On May 20, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas announced that it is aligning its COVID-19 Recovery process with the timing of the State of Kansas Phase 2 plan. Effective as of 12:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, restrictions will be relaxed as prescribed in the Kansas Phase 2 plan.  Read the plan here.

  • On May 11, The Red Zone phase of the ReStart WyCo plan becomes effective at 12:00 AM, and it will last until at least May 25. The Red Zone relaxes Stay at Home requirements but recommends the highest level of caution for vulnerable community members while providing guidance on how some businesses may open safely with certain restrictions.  Click here for the full ReStart WyCo plan.

  • On April 30, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas issued a local Stay-at-Home Order for Wyandotte County to begin at the conclusion of Governor Laura Kelly's statewide order on May 3 at 11:59 p.m. Wyandotte County also released its plan to reopen businesses starting May 11. The phased approach gradually lifts restrictions based on health department guidelines. Each phase will have specific restrictions, guidelines and time frame attached to them.  Read the plan here.

  • On April 15, Governor Laura Kelly extended the statewide Stay At Home Order to May 3, 2020 at 12:01 AM. The Governor’s Order supersedes all local Stay at Home orders in Kansas.

  • On March 21, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas; Johnson County, Kansas; Jackson County, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri have announced a stay-at-home order beginning Tuesday, March 24 through April 24. It directs residents to stay at home except for essential needs.  

  • On March 17 as of 12:01 a.m., the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas; Johnson County, Kansas; Jackson County, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri agreed to implement measures to close restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters in their jurisdictions for 15 days. Exceptions are delivery, pickup and drive-through service. The jurisdictions will revisit the decision on April 1 with an evaluation of conditions at that time.  Click here for the Emergency Health Order  Many of our restaurants are offering takeout and delivery, click here for an updated list.

  • On March 17 as of 12:01 a.m., the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas; Johnson County, Kansas; Jackson County, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri have decided to ban public gatherings of more than 10 people. Exceptions include governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities, private business operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals.  Click here for the Emergency Health Order

  • On March 15, under the authority of Mayor Lucas's State of Emergency proclamation, and per new CDC guidance, no events or gatherings with 50 or more attendees will be allowed in Kansas City, MO for the next eight weeks.

  • On March 13, the Unified Government serving Wyandotte County declared a state of emergency for Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County, Kansas.  This allows local officials to more easily access the materials and resources needed to effectively control the spread of COVID-19.  This declaration does not restrict travel in Kansas City, KS, but officials strongly recommend that you avoid large crowds, practice social distancing and observe good social hygiene.

  • On March 13, Johnson County, Kansas has issued a state of emergency restricting public gatherings of more than 250 people.

  • On March 12, the State of Kansas issued an emergency declaration in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.

  • On March 12, the city of Independence, MO issued a state of emergency.

CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS
Local tourism businesses are following guidance from local health officials and are taking precautions to keep guests safe.  Several attractions, events and activities are being closed, canceled or rescheduled.  We encourage you to call ahead to confirm the status of hours and availability.

  • The May 30-31 race weekend at Kansas Speedway has been postponed by NASCAR and will be rescheduled for July 23-25, 2020.

  • Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City will be closing beginning March 15, 2020 through June 15. They are automatically canceling all guest reservations at that time and will issue refunds. 

  •  On March 12, MLS has extended the postponement of its matches until at least June 8 impacting Sporting KC games.  

  •  Strawberry Hill Museum has canceled tours and classes for the weekend of March 14-15.

  • The Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival has been rescheduled for fall 2020.

  • The Western University and A.M.E. Church presentation by historian Chester Owens scheduled for March 23 at the KCK Public Library has been canceled.  As of March 13, KCKPL is canceling all meetings, programs, outreach and Mobile Library services immediately until at least March 31.

  •  The Underground Railroad Museum and Vernon Multipurpose Center is closed until further notice.

  • The Old Quindaro Museum is closed until further notice.

  • Sumner High School Alumni Room is closed and is on the same schedule as the Kansas City Kansas Public School district.

  • Moon Marble Company store will be closed until further notice.

  • Grinter Place is closed until further notice.

  • Colonial Club temporarily closed until further notice.

  • The Due to the current state of affairs/uncertainty with the current COVID guidelines and in keeping the best interest of the public in mind the Wyandotte County Fair Board has decided that all entertainment and vendors will not be allowed at this year's event. The WyCo Fair Board intends to proceed with a limited event including 4-H exhibits / competitive events only (no open class shows or events).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. Travel Association