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For Immediate Release
February 2, 2021
Kate Flavin


Archived: Restrictions Eased with New Local Health Order


(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Local data shows a trend of decreasing COVID-19 positivity rates in Sedgwick County. As such, Dr. Garold Minns, Sedgwick County’s Local Health Officer, signed a new local health order reducing restrictions including mass gathering sizes, bar and restaurant hours, and more. He stated, “due to the data, it was appropriate to relax the order to help our local businesses but if trends reverse, we may need to put some restrictions back in place.” Minns also expressed his thanks to community members who are following the healthy behaviors.

Commissioners decided to bring the order back for a discussion during tomorrow’s regular meeting at 9 a.m.

The order requires people must still be masked and maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Businesses and organizations are responsible for ensuring that individuals comply with the order’s mask-wearing, mass gathering, percentage of fire code capacity limitations, and social distancing requirements. Businesses are expected to make efforts to comply with fire code capacity limitations included in this order.

This order will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., February 7 through 11:59 p.m., March 20.  


Ending February 6

Beginning February 7

Bar/ Restaurant Curfew

11 p.m.


Mass Gathering Limit

25 people

100 people

Retail Stores

50 percent of fire code capacity

75 percent of fire code capacity

Bars, Restaurants, Event Centers, Fitness Centers

50 percent of fire code capacity or 100 people, whichever is less

75 percent of fire code capacity or 150 people, whichever is less

Youth, Recreational Sporting Events

Two attendees per participant

Four attendees per participant

Local Health Officer’s Event Plan Review, Approval

For facilities with capacity over 2,000

For facilities with capacity over 1,000

Restaurants, bars, and night clubs still, are not considered mass gatherings. Tables may not have more than eight people seated together. All tables must be spaced at least six feet apart.

Restaurants are allowed to have in-person dining between 5 a.m. and midnight only. Between midnight and 5 a.m., restaurants may continue curbside, drive-through, and delivery services (but not carry-out).

Bars’ and night clubs’ in-person dining and drinking areas must be closed by midnight and remain closed until at least 5 a.m. or later pursuant to state or local law.  Additionally, these businesses may remain open between midnight and 5 a.m. for curbside, drive-through, and delivery services (but not carry-out), to the extent this is allowed by state or local laws.



Resources referenced by Dr. Minns during the Commission Staff meeting: