Kansas City, Missouri, declares ‘state of emergency’ for COVID-19

The city of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mayor Quinton Lucas have implemented a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The 21-day state of emergency will ban all events of more than 1,000 people. The purpose of the declaration is to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

There are several other provisions in the declaration.

The state of emergency information is online at https://www.kcmo.gov/Home/Components/News/News/245/625 .

Fan attendance will be severely limited at Big 12 tournament games

UPDATE: The Big 12 tournament was canceled on Thursday.

Following an announcement today by the Big 12, the tournament games scheduled this week at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, will have only limited fan attendance.

The Big 12 announced today that beginning with the Thursday games, teams will have access to only 125 tickets for staff and guests of the athletes.

The decision was made in the best interest of public health and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to the announcement.

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas, with Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer and Kansas City, Missouri, Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Dr. Erica Carney, issued this statement today:

“While Kansas City was eager and prepared to host fans from across the country during the Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this weekend, keeping our community – and their players – safe remains our top priority. We support the Big 12’s decision to limit fan attendance at all tournament games and we still look forward to welcoming the Big 12’s men’s and women’s teams to our region. As a reminder, there are still no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kansas City, Missouri. We continue to closely monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly. We will continue providing updates as we have them.”

Chiefs player to visit Auto Show tonight

A Cadillac SUV XTV produced in Kansas City, Kansas, was on display Friday at the Auto Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The show continues through Sunday. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Damien Williams, who sealed the Super Bowl victory with a 38-yard touchdown run, will be at the Greater Kansas City Auto Show from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight.

Williams, a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, will appear at the State Farm exhibit at the Auto Show tonight.

On Sunday, Travis Kelce, Chiefs tight end, will be at the Auto Show’s Honda Lounge from 1 to 3 p.m.

The first 200 people will receive an autographed photo. Additional items will not be signed.

The Kansas City Auto Show will continue Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. Hundreds of new vehicles are on exhibit. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for ages 8-12.

For more information, go to the Auto Show’s website at http://kcautoshow.com/.

A Cadillac SUV XT4 produced in Kansas City, Kansas, was on display Friday at the Auto Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The show continues through Sunday. (Photo by William Crum)
A Cadillac SUV XT4 produced in Kansas City, Kansas, was on display Friday at the Auto Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The show continues through Sunday. (Photo by William Crum)
A Chevy Malibu produced in Kansas City, Kansas, was on display Friday at the Auto Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The show continues through Sunday. (Photo by William Crum)
A Chevy Malibu produced in Kansas City, Kansas, was on display Friday at the Auto Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The show continues through Sunday. (Photo by William Crum)
A Chevy Malibu produced in Kansas City, Kansas, was on display Friday at the Auto Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The show continues through Sunday. (Photo by William Crum)
A Porsche electric car was seen for the first time at the Kansas City Auto Show on Friday at Bartle Hall. (Photo by William Crum)
A Porsche electric car was seen for the first time at the Kansas City Auto Show on Friday at Bartle Hall. (Photo by William Crum)