Public Gatherings FAQ

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The CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, have decided to ban public gatherings of more than 10 people effective March 16. Exceptions include governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities, private business operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals. Read the full order.  

Read through the FAQ to have a better understanding of what this means to you:

How is “large public gathering” defined?

The County defines “large public gathering” as any gathering with more than ten (10) people in attendance.This also applies to gatherings where more than ten (10) people are anticipated to attend.

Does it matter if the gathering is held inside or outdoors?

No, the definition is applicable to both indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Are certain gatherings exempted from this?

Yes, the following types of gatherings are exempted:

  • Governmental functions
  • Judicial functions
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Private business operations
  • Religious and faith-based activities
  • Weddings
  • Funerals

Does this apply to normal operations at locations where people may be in transit?
Not if those in transit are individuals or groups of ten (10) or less

Does this apply to normal operations at locations where people are coming and going?
Not if those coming or going are individuals or groups of ten (10) or less

What types of establishments in Johnson County are closed by this order?
The following types of establishments are closed effective 12:01 AM on March 17, 2020 through 12:01 AM on April 1, 2020:

  • Restaurants
  • Dining facilities
  • Bars
  • Taverns
  • Clubs
  • Movie Theater

What food and beverage services can these impacted establishments offer during this period of closure?

  • These establishments can offer the following types of food and beverage services:

  • Carryout service
  • Drive thru service
  • Delivery service

Do these impacted establishments need to follow any special protocols?
Impacted establishments must follow guidelines for social distancing and infection control as provided by the CDC and other health officials.