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Keeping A List And Checking it Twice?

May 13th, 2020 by editor · No Comments

On April 29th, 2020 Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City announced his 10-10-10 plan for reopening Kansas City.

It would start midnight May 6th with some non-essential businesses that aren’t open to the public being allowed to bring in their employees.  Businesses that are open to the public must follow the 10-10-10 plan.

Limit customers to 10% of building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is larger)

Record the name, contact information and times of any customer that is in the the business for more than 10 minutes.

Religious gatherings like weddings, church services and funerals can resume with 10 people inside a location and 50 people outside, as long as social distancing is maintained and they keep the names and contact information of attendees.

Wait….what?  Now you want a record of who is attending a church service?

By May 5th, 2020 Mayor Lucas had clarified the church requirement:

“On all of the rules, we do have the final requirement which relates to contact tracing,” Lucas said. “That was that if you are a salon that keeps appointments, you should hang on to those. If you’re a restaurant that keeps reservations, when you open in a few weeks, hang on to those, and something’s been discussed a lot. If you’re an event, a religious institution that has people check in and sign in all the time, you should keep those.” The reasoning, according to Lucas, isn’t to “keep big lists,” but so that the organizations can contact people to make them aware of a coronavirus outbreak, should one occur. “That’s what it’s all about,” Lucas said. “It’s a voluntary requirement.”

This makes complete sense for a salon with appointments or a restaurant that keeps reservations.  It isn’t an unreasonable hardship, and truth be told, they probably have that information for an extended period of time anyway.  What religious institution has people check in and/or sign in?  How long do you think it will take before Mayor Lucas starts asking for the attendees of a religious institution under the guise of covid-19 contract tracing?

Oh and don’t forget: Lucas said if someone wants to report a business not following these guidelines they should call the city 311 line.

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin.

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