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JC Lockdown rules relax, move to phase 2

Jewell County Health Dept. News


Governor Kelly’s Executive Order No. 20-34 implementing Phase 2 of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS” became effective Friday morning at 12 a.m. This order increases the mass gathering limit to 15. The highlights of the changes from Phase 1.5 to 2 include the following;

All business and activites allowed in Phase 1 and 1.5 may continue to operate; Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service business where close contact cannot be acoided may continue to operate, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or online check-in; Fitness centers and health clubs may continue to operate. In-person group classes will be allowed to begin with groups of no more than 15 individuals at a time. Locker rooms remain closed except for restroom facilities; Community centers may open as long as they follow the mass gathering and social distancing restrictions; Indoor leisure spaces such as movie theaters, trampoline parks, theaters, museums and bowling allies may open as long as mass gathering and social distancing restrictions are followed; State-owned adn operated casinos (tribal casinos are under tribal authority) may operate as long as following social distancing and mass gathering restrictions and have had their re-opening plan approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; In person commencement or graduation ceremonies may continue to occur with no more than 15 individuals in a room, gymnasiu , or facility at one time so long as 6-foot social distancing is maintained. Outdoor drive-through graduation ceremonies during which no more than 15 individuals are in the same area outside of their vehicles at a time are also allowed.

Bars and nightclubs, outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of 2,000 or more, fairs, festivals, carnivals, parades, swimming pools (other than backyard pools and pools used for physical therapy or first-responder training), and summer camps (unless are licensed childcare facilities) remain closed in Phase 2.

In Phase 2, Kansas still has the 14-day mandatory quarantine for travel to Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York or any international travel.

Jewell County will follow Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-34 without any further orders or restrictions. Jewell County has rescinded all orders restricting travel to counties in Kansas and Nebraska and any self-serve beverages and buffet-style dining. Jewell County residents have not been subject to 14-day mandatory quarantine for travel to hotspot areas in Kansas and Nebraska since the beginning of Phase 1.5 on Monday, May 18, 2020, and self-serve beverages and buffet-style dining are allowed. In making the decision to rescinde the local orders, we took into consideration that Jewell County has not had an active COVID case in over a month and the North Central Kansas Region has remainded relatively unchanged. Jewell County has the authority to issue equal or more restrictive local orders than the Governor’s order, and we will continue to evaluate that if Jewell Countystarts to report additional positive cases.


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