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Kansas City is issuing citations to about 200 businesses not following the stay at home orders issued to combat the novel coronavirus, Mayor Quinton Lucas said Monday.Tuesday marks a week since Lucas and leaders across the metro ordered residents to stay at home except for “essential activities,” such as seeking medical supplies or care, getting food or going to work at essential businesses, which are defined in the order.So far, Lucas estimated that 90% of residents and businesses are complying, but he said the city’s Health Department has acted to ensure businesses that shouldn’t be open cease their operations.

Start body after embed --Lucas said he didn’t believe those measures to be “Orwellian” and there is a “reason that we’re going through these steps.” Until the region has more testing available for coronavirus and understands the full extent of the outbreak sweeping through Kansas City, Lucas said social distancing efforts must continue.

He said he was disappointed this weekend to see young people playing basketball at Swope Park. Recently, there was still a bar serving drinks on its patio.Lucas said he didn’t believe those measures to be “Orwellian” and there is a “reason that we’re going through these steps.” Until the region has more testing available for coronavirus and understands the full extent of the outbreak sweeping through Kansas City, Lucas said social distancing efforts must continue.

He said he was disappointed this weekend to see young people playing basketball at Swope Park. Recently, there was still a bar serving drinks on its patio.

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