Confused where to mask up in Kansas City? Here’s where masks are still required

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Editor’s note: We are regularly updating this story. Last updated on Nov. 9, 2021.

As COVID-19 restrictions across Kansas City and the surrounding areas keep changing, it’s hard to keep track of where masks are required. So, we wanted to put the latest guidance all in one place.

First thing’s first: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asks everyone over 2 years old who isn’t fully vaccinated to wear a mask while in indoor public settings. The CDC also states that in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, such as here in the Kansas City area, people should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and while in close contact with individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

It’s federally mandated to wear masks on public transportation, such as buses, planes and trains, but wearing a mask at a grocery store or inside a gym varies depending on where you live.

Here’s the latest on where masks are required and when mandates end in counties, schools and other locations throughout the Kansas City metro.

This list will be updated as new information becomes available. If you don’t see your location, school district or favorite business, reach out to us at kcq@kcstar.com.

Counties

Cass County

No mask mandate.

Clay County

No mask mandate. This excludes North Kansas City, which is mentioned below.

Jackson County

The mask mandate will continue until Nov. 22. Masks are required for anyone 5 and older indoors. This excludes Kansas City and Independence, as their health departments set their own mandates.

Johnson County

Johnson County doesn’t have a mask mandate, but it strongly recommends that people wear masks in indoor public spaces. One city there does mandate masks (see below).

Platte County

Masks are optional after the Health Department’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted against a mandate. The board decided to recommend wearing masks in some public settings based on personal choice.

Wyandotte County

The mandate ends Nov. 18. It applies to all people ages 5 and up while in indoor public spaces. The order includes Kansas City, Kansas, but excludes the cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

Cities

Independence

No mandate since August.

Kansas City

The mandate for everyone ended on Nov. 4, but City Council voted to keep them required in schools.

North Kansas City

The City Council voted to amend its mask mandate on Nov. 2. Masks are no longer required unless you’re inside a school building with elementary students. The new mandate ends on Nov. 20.

Prairie Village

The city’s mask mandate ended Oct. 31.

Roeland Park

The City Council extended its mandate to Nov. 16. Everyone ages 5 and up must wear a mask while inside public spaces and on public transportation. The order excludes gatherings that have “actual or constructive knowledge” that everyone is fully vaccinated.

School districts

Belton

Masks are optional in school buildings, but are required on school buses for all students.

Blue Valley

Masks will become optional for high school students starting Nov. 29. Elementary and middle school students are still required to wear masks. All students must wear a mask while on school buses.

Bonner Springs

Masks are required for all students and staff while on school grounds.

De Soto

The school board voted to make masks optional for high school students as long as the percentage of students needing to quarantine or isolate after being exposed to the virus remains below 4%. High school students must still wear masks on school buses. Masks are also required in elementary and middle schools.

Fort Osage

Masks must be worn by all staff, students and visitors, with exceptions for children under 5 years old, those who are deaf or hard of hearing, persons with conditions that prevent them from wearing masks or when people are engaged in high-intensity activities, such as sporting activities.

Hickman Mills

Students and staff must wear a mask while inside the school. Parents or guardians checking their students in or out of the building must also wear a mask.

Gardner Edgerton

All students, staff and visitors must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

Kansas City Public Schools

All students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks inside KCPS buildings.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Everyone must wear masks indoors.

Kearney

Everyone must wear masks in buildings and on school buses.

Lee’s Summit

The school board recently voted to extend its mandate until Nov. 18.

Liberty

Masks must be worn by all students and staff at all times while inside district property.

North Kansas City

The City Council voted to amend the mask mandate on Nov. 2, now only making masks required for elementary school students.

Olathe

The mandate ends for high school students on Nov. 29, but masks are still required for elementary and middle school students.

Park Hill

The school board recently voted to extend the universal mask mandate to Dec. 22, when the district’s second quarter ends.

Piper

Masks are required for all students, staff and visitors while inside district buildings and riding district transportation.

Raymore-Peculiar

Masks are optional for the school district in Cass County but highly recommended in large groups of people.

Raytown

Everyone must wear masks while inside school premises.

Shawnee Mission

There is a mask mandate for all students, staff and visitors.

Spring Hill

Masks are mandated for elementary and middle school students, but parents can apply for medical exemptions without needing approval from a doctor. Masks are highly encouraged for high school students.

Turner

Everyone must wear masks.

Universities

Anyone visiting the University of Kansas, Kansas State University or Wichita State University must wear a mask. There’s no recent announcement on when the mandate will end. On the Missouri side, the University of Missouri System let its mask mandate for the four schools end on Oct. 14.

As of July 14, Metropolitan Community College and its five campuses have made masks mandatory for everyone on-site until numbers trend downward.

Businesses

Indoor venues such as The Uptown Theater, T-Mobile Center and the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland require masks unless you are actively eating or drinking. The Midland takes it a step further by requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

Outdoor venues like Starlight Theatre and Azura Amphitheater are encouraging masks, but visitors are not required to wear a mask.

GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium requires masks for people inside one of its many club levels. Unvaccinated staff members must also wear masks while working game days and other events. The same is true for visitors at Children’s Mercy Park.

Businesses in Johnson County strongly encourage customers, visitors and employees to wear masks while inside one of their buildings.

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