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Even As Concerns Remain, Kansas City Lifts Most COVID-19 Restrictions

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Laura Ziegler
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KCUR 89.3
Kansas City health department director Dr. Rex Archer during the metro wide announcement of a stay at home order in March 2020.

The city's health director says there is currently a surge of hospitalizations, particularly among young, unvaccinated people.

Under the new guidelines, bars and restaurants no longer have restricted operating hours or are required to socially distance patrons. When it comes to indoor gatherings people five years of age and older will need to mask up if within six feet of each other. The only exception is if you and everyone else getting together all know everyone is vaccinated.

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