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For Immediate Release
July 22, 2020
Kate Flavin


New Order Limits Public Gatherings to 15 People

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – As a result of continued increases in COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County, which is outpacing the state of Kansas and national numbers, Dr. Garold Minns, Sedgwick County’s Local Health Officer, signed a new order to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. This new order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning, July 24, 2020 and be in place until at least midnight Wednesday night, September 9, 2020. It replaces the order from July 9.

Residents are still required to wear masks or face coverings in public spaces. There are some exceptions to this rule as not everyone is able to safely wear a mask. Exceptions to the order are included in the document.

The order adopts Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Plan which allows groups of up to 15 people, as long as those people are commonly known to one another, and must be located at least six feet away from other groups. Events and business occupancy are not capped at 15 people.

Additionally, bars and nightclubs shall be closed to the public except where curbside and carryout services are allowed and all other businesses that are not bars or nightclubs but licensed to sell alcohol are now to close by midnight and not reopen until at least 5 a.m. the next day.

Recreational, youth, or other non-professional organized sports facilities, sports tournaments, sports games, and sports practices may occur.

Outdoor and indoor entertainment venues may open as long as they comply with the mass gatherings requirement, social distancing, and the total number of attendees for the venue does not exceed 2,000 people.

Religious institutions, election polling places, licensed childcare facilities, schools, and court facilities are exempted from the mass gathering limits.