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Kansas: State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

KANSAS

July 8, 2020:

On July 8 Governor Kelly issued two new Executive Orders:

  • Executive Order 20-55
    • Extends any temporary, sixty-day permit for motor vehicles purchased from January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020, subject to the following:
      • If vehicle was purchased in January 2020, it must be titled and registered by August 31, 2020;
      • If vehicle was purchased in February 2020, it must be titled and registered by September 30, 2020;
      • If vehicle was purchased in March 2020, it must be titled and registered by October 31, 2020;
      • If vehicle was purchased in April 2020, it must be titled and registered by November 30, 2020; and
      • If vehicle was purchased in May 2020, it must be titled and registered by December 31, 2020.
  • Executive Order 20-56
    • Clarifies Executive Order 20-49 by re-extending license renewal deadlines for facilities which provide adult care; and
    • Extends the licensure requirement and temporarily authorizes certain persons to provide healthcare in adult care-taking facilities.

The Local Health Officer of Shawnee County has issued an order restricting bars restaurants and nightclubs. The restrictions include:

  • Closure of dance floors;
  • Closure of all bars/restaurants/night clubs at 11pm Thursday through Saturday and 12am Sunday through Wednesday;
  • Mandated deep cleaning from 2pm to 3pm every day; and
  • Those establishments with more than 100 person capacity as established by the Fire Marshall can only operate at 50% of that capacity.

July 7, 2020:

On July 6, Governor Kelly recommended postponing moving into Phase 3 of the Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. Phase 3 of the Ad Astra Plan includes:

  • Limiting gatherings of 45 people or more;
  • Remaining home if you feel sick;
  • Restricting on-site staffing; and
  • Resuming of nonessential travel.

Since the Kansas re-opening plan is a guideline only, some counties may continue moving into the Phase Out portion of the plan. Phase Out is the last phase of the Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas, and includes:

  • No travel restrictions;
  • Remaining home if you feel sick;
  • Following additional guidance from employer, if any; and
  • Maintaining social distance where applicable.

In Shawnee County/Topeka, the County Commissioners have voted on a modified mask mandate which makes exceptions for:

  • those under ten years old;
  • those that are hard of hearing or require visibility of lips to understand people;
  • Certain public places like swimming pools or a place where people are eating and/or drinking; and
  • Places where one is exercising or alone in a cubicle.

July 6, 2020:

Governor Kelly’s statewide mask mandate is now effect. This mandate requires face coverings:

  • Inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • While obtaining services from a dentist, pharmacy, laboratory, physician, or any other healthcare provider or business;
  • While waiting for or riding in public transportation including taxis, rideshares, and privately hired cars; and
  • While outside and unable to maintain six-feet of distance.

July 1, 2020:

On June 30, Governor Kelly signed a number of Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 20-49: Reissues and extends to September 15, 2020 the following executive orders:
    • 20-36 Which extends driver’s license renewal, registration for passenger vehicles, registration for trucks/trailers, and registration for new cars by sixty days;
    • 20-37 Which extends the deadline for filing taxes this year;
    • 20-39 Which extends the licensing renewal timeline for professional and occupational licenses;
    • 20-40 Which temporarily allows notaries and witnesses to act via audio-video communication technology;
    • 20-41 Which extends the Licensure, Certification, and Registration for persons and Licensure of Adult Care Homes;
    • 20-42 Which allows alcohol to be sold to-go; and
    • 20-43 Which allows temporary relief from certain restrictions concerning shared work programs during state of disaster emergency.
  • Executive Order 20-50 temporarily waives the requirement that unemployed people seek work each week.

June 30, 2020:

Governor Kelly announced in a press conference on June 29 that face coverings will now be required throughout the state in public places. This includes shops, restaurants, and any situation where six-feet of separation cannot be maintained, even outside. The mandate goes into effect July 3. The Governor will release more information about the mask mandate in her executive order which will be released July 2.

June 29, 2020:

Governor Kelly announced that she will sign an Executive Order requiring Kansans to wear masks while in public spaces. The Order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 3.

The Wyandotte County/Kansas City mask mandate goes into effect June 30. The mandate requires cloth face coverings for every person:

  • When in a public indoor space (including a workplace, business, place of worship, or public facility such as a community center or library) individuals are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth; and
  • When in a public outdoor space or when using public transportation, taxis or ride-sharing services individuals are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.

The individuals who are exempt from this mandate are:

  • Children under 5 years of age;
  • Those that are deaf and/or hard of hearing; and
  • Persons with a medical condition which prevents them from being able to remove the mask on their own.

Additionally, the Kansas City, Kansas, Municipal Court will be closed until July 6 due to Covid-19 exposure last week.

In Johnson County, the Board of County Commissioners approved an additional $14,996,458 towards Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for the strained health care system.

June 23, 2020:

On June 22, Governor Kelly recommended postponing moving into Phase 3 of the Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. Since the Kansas re-opening plan is a guideline only, some counties will continue moving into the Phase Out portion of the plan. Phase Out is the last phase of the Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas, and includes:

  • no travel restrictions;
  • remaining home if you feel sick;
  • following additional guidance from employers, if any; and
  • maintaining social distancing where applicable.

June 22, 2020:

On June 18, the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) of Wyandotte County/Kansas City issued a press release extending Phase 3 of re-opening to July 6. The UGPHD previously warned that the uptick of new covid-19 cases might require an extension, or reversal, of Phase 3. The restrictions still in place for Wyandotte County include:

  • no groups larger than 45 people;
  • 6 feet must be maintained at businesses; and
  • an encouragement to wear masks in public.

In Jefferson County/Topeka Phase Out is set to begin on Monday, June 22. Phase Out is the last phase of the Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas and includes:

  • no travel restrictions;
  • remaining home if you feel sick;
  • following additional guidance from employers, if any; and
  • maintaining social distancing where applicable.

In Shawnee County/Topeka, Phase 3 is not ending on June 22, though no specific date for the end of Phase 3 has been released.

June 18, 2020:

In a press release on June 16, the Unified Public Health Department warned of a new uptick in Covid-19 cases in Wyandotte County/Kansas City. Public health officials warn that the end of Phase 3 on June 22 could be pushed back, or reversed, if the trend of increased cases continues. Phase 3 has allowed for the opening of all businesses, educational institutions, activities, venues and establishments. The restrictions still in place for Wyandotte County include:

  • no groups larger than 45 people;
  • 6 feet must be maintained at businesses; and
  • an encouragement to wear masks in public.

The end of Phase 3 would begin the Phase Out phase when most restrictions are lifted.

June 17, 2020:

On June 16, the Kansas State Finance Council approved the distribution of $400 million in funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to local governments. Each Kansas county will receive resources based on their population, case rates, and unemployment rates. Further updates will be provided as individual counties determine use of these resources.

June 15, 2020:

On June 12, Governor Kelly signed Executive Order No. 20-45, which extended conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations. Specifically, the order

  • lifts certain weight restrictions and permitting requirements for motor carriers participating in COVID-19 response efforts, to allow needed medical supplies, food shipments and other items to move through Kansas;
  • suspends registration and fuel tax permits for motor carriers and persons operating commercial vehicles actively participating in COVID-19 response efforts;
  • waives fees associated with over-dimension/overweight permits (although the permits must still be obtained); and
  • supersedes any contrary local health department order.

These measures remain in force until July 14, 2020, or until the State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier.

June 10, 2020:

On June 9, Governor Kelly signed a COVID-19 response bill, House Bill 2016, into law. The bill codifies several of Governor Kelly’s previous executive orders, and most notably, extends the current emergency declaration through September 15, 2020. Executive orders codified by the Bill include the allowance of expanded telemedicine, temporary licensure of out-of-state medical providers, electronic notarization of documents, and certain liquor sales.

June 9, 2020:

On June 5, Governor Kelly recommended in a press briefing that Kansas counties move to Phase 3 of the Ad Astra Plan to Reopen Kansas. This transition is voluntary and up to each individual county, but under Phase 3:

  • Mass gatherings up to 45 individuals are allowed;
  • On-site staffing by employers is unrestricted; and
  • Non-essential travel may resume unrestricted.

June 2, 2020:

Governor Kelly announced that 66 counties in Kansas will receive grants—including economic development grants to provide communities with funding to help local businesses retain jobs, as well as meal program grants. Governor Kelly also announced that the SPARK task force has approved the distribution of federal funds to counties that have not yet received funding under the CARES Act.

May 26, 2020:

On May 26, Governor Kelly signed a new state of disaster Emergency Proclamation to ensure that Kansas can continue to effectively respond to the current emergency situation, including the economic emergency, the threat of new outbreaks of COVID-19, and the threat to food supply. The proclamation permits the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas National Guard, and the federal government to take certain measures including providing food supply, medical supplies, and shelter to continue to combat COVID-19 and its effects.

On Friday, May 22, Kansas moved to Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Plan to Reopen Kansas. Gatherings of up to 15 people are now permitted, and certain businesses may re-open, including organized sports facilities, community centers, indoor leisure spaces, and casinos. The order modifies the originally planned Phase 2 and no longer permits bars, night clubs, or swimming pools to open. Those have now been moved to Phase 3. Phase 2 will last until Sunday, June 7, assuming current trends of COVID-19 cases continue to remain the same. Phase 3 will begin on Monday, June 8. Additionally, fairs, festivals, summer camps, and large entertainment venues with a capacity of 2,000 or more must remain closed at this time.

May 21, 2020:

Effective Friday, May 22, Kansas will move to Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Plan to Reopen Kansas. Gatherings of up to 15 people are now permitted, and certain businesses may re-open, including organized sports facilities, community centers, indoor leisure spaces, and casinos. The order modifies the originally planned Phase 2 and no longer permits bars, night clubs, or swimming pools to open. Those have now been moved to Phase 3. Phase 2 will last until Sunday, June 7, assuming current trends of COVID-19 cases continue to remain the same. Phase 3 will begin on Monday, June 8. Additionally, fairs, festivals, summer camps, and large entertainment venues with a capacity of 2,000 or more must remain closed at this time.

May 20, 2020:

On May 19, Governor Kelly signed an Executive Order implementing a modified Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Plan to Reopen Kansas. Effective Friday, May 22, gatherings of up to 15 people are now permitted, and certain businesses may now re-open, including organized sports facilities, community centers, indoor leisure spaces, and casinos. The order modifies the originally planned Phase 2 and no longer permits bars, night clubs, or swimming pools to open. Those have now been moved to Phase 3. Phase 2 will last until Sunday, June 7, assuming current trends of COVID-19 cases continue to remain the same. Phase 3 will begin on Monday, June 8. Additionally, fairs, festivals, summer camps, and large entertainment venues with a capacity of 2,000 or more must remain closed at this time.

May 17, 2020:

Effective Monday, May 18, Kansas will enter Phase 1.5 under the state’s “Ad Astra” Re-opening Plan. Under this new phase, salons and other personal services may re-open for pre-scheduled appointments. Gyms may also re-open, though common areas and group classes must remain closed. Finally, graduation ceremonies may be held with a limitation on 10 individuals in a facility at once. Bars and nightclubs, non-tribal casinos, theaters, community centers, entertainment venues, swimming pools, fairs, and sports facilities and summer camps remain closed. Gatherings remain limited to ten people.

On May 15, Governor Kelly signed two additional Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 response. Executive Order 20-32 concerns Shared Work programs which allows employers to offer reduced hours and divide up the work hours among a group of employees in lieu of a layoff. The new order permits employers who have paid more than unemployment benefits to their employees than they have contributed to their unemployment insurance account with the state may now participate in a shared work plan. Under the federal “CARES” act, the federal government will reimburse 100% of state unemployment insurance benefits paid through a “short-time” or “shared work” unemployment program through the end of 2020.

Executive Order 20-33 extends a prior order, Executive Order 20-22, which eased regulations for motor carriers and persons operating commercial vehicles extending in the COVID-10 relief efforts. These carriers may continue haul up to 10% more than their licensed weight, not to exceed 90,000 pounds, and the licensing and permitting rules continue to be suspended.

May 15, 2020:

Governor Kelly announced that Kansas will enter Phase 1.5 under the state’s “Ad Astra” Re-opening Plan. Effective Monday, May 18, salons and other personal services may re-open for pre-scheduled appointments. Gyms may also re-open, though common areas and group classes must remain closed. Finally, graduation ceremonies may be held with a limitation on 10 individuals in a facility at once. Bars and nightclubs, non-tribal casinos, theaters, community centers, entertainment venues, swimming pools, fairs, and sports facilities and summer camps remain closed. Gatherings remain limited to ten people.

May 10, 2020:

Johnson County’s phased re-opening begins with Phase One on Monday, May 11. Under phase one, retail and restaurants may open with certain capacity restrictions. Gyms, barber shops, salons, community centers, large venues, graduations, organized sports, bars, and theaters remain closed.

Effective May 11, Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansas enters the “red zone” under previously released guidance on ReStart WyCo, which includes “red,” “yellow,” and “green” zones. The red zone is “slightly relaxed” but “far from business as usual” and recommends the highest level of caution for vulnerable populations. Retail businesses may re-open for pick-up, and orders should be curbside delivered where possible. Non-essential business offices, and manufacturing and logistics centers may re-open, with work from home encouraged and six feet distancing between all employees required. Restaurants still may not offer dine-in, and only may offer take out or delivery.

May 8, 2020:

The Stay at Home Orders in Johnson County and Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansas expire on Sunday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. After expiration, Johnson County will follow along with the Kansas State Re-Opening Order, Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. Johnson County has issued a phased re-opening, with Phase One planning to begin on Monday, May 11. Wyandotte County has previously released guidance on ReStart WyCo, including the “red,” “yellow,” and “green” zones. However, as of date, Wyandotte County has not indicated when it will move from the Stay at Home zone to the red zone.

May 3, 2020:

Executive Order No. 20-29, which implements Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” is effective Monday, May 4. Most businesses may re-open and most non-essential activities may resume, subject to social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, public health practices, and avoidance of gatherings of more than ten individuals in one location. The Governor released a twenty-eight page plan detailing all phases and providing public health guidance.

All businesses should follow industry specific guidelines to be outlined at covid.ks.gov, and are strongly encouraged to follow any additional industry best practices guidance.

A number of businesses must remain closed, including bars and night clubs; casinos (non-tribal); theaters, museums, and other indoor leisure spaces; fitness centers and gyms; and nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided. Such businesses may open if they are repurposed in a manner that qualifies as an essential function as defined in the Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF).

At this time, the Reopening plan does not apply to Johnson County or Wyandotte County as both counties have extended the State Stay-At-Home Order through May 10.

For a more in-depth analysis of the Kansas Order, see our further guidance here.

May 1, 2020:

On April 30, Governor Laura Kelly Issued Executive Order No. 20-29 which implements Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The Governor also released a twenty-eight page plan detailing all phases and providing public health guidance. Effective Monday, May 3, most businesses may re-open and most non-essential activities may resume, subject to social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, public health practices, and avoidance of gatherings of more than ten individuals in one location.

All businesses should follow industry specific guidelines to be outlined at covid.ks.gov, and are strongly encouraged to follow any additional industry best practices guidance.

A number of businesses must remain closed, including bars and night clubs; casinos (non-tribal); theaters, museums, and other indoor leisure spaces; fitness centers and gyms; and nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided. Such businesses may open if they are repurposed in a manner that qualifies as an essential function as defined in the Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF).

At this time, the Reopening plan does not apply to Johnson County or Wyandotte County as both counties have extended the State Stay-At-Home Order through May 10.

April 30, 2020:

(Johnson County): The Johnson County Public Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster signed an extension of the Governor Kelly’s State Stay at Home Order. The state-wide order was set to expire on May 3. The New Johnson County Order adopts the same framework of the Kansas Stay at Home Order, including the Kansas Essential Function Framework, and extends the Order through Sunday May 10 at 11:59 p.m. Businesses wishing to determine whether they are essential should now contact Johnson County, and all previous determinations made by the State of Kansas will remain in full effect. The Order also continues to limit gatherings to ten people. Essential Businesses include those in four categories including “Connect,” communications type businesses; “Distribute,” including transportation and transmission of electricity and energy; “Manage,” including essential government functions; and “Supply,” including the generation and supply of essential products, chemicals, fuels, electricity, agricultural goods, among others.

April 22, 2020:

Governor Kelly issued an Executive Order that relaxed the standards for those practicing medicine, including permitting physician’s assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to provide medical services without supervision. Governor Kelly also issued an order permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages for carry-out.

April 20, 2020:

A federal judge in Wichita, Kansas has ruled that the Kansas Stay At Home Order cannot be enforced against two churches in the State. There is a hearing scheduled for Thursday, April 23, for the judge to determine whether he will issue a longer-term order or a broader injunction. On April 18, 2020, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued an Executive Order making a few modifications to the ban on social gatherings, but the new Order did not impact restrictions on religious services. Under the new order, religious services are still restricted to ten attendees.

April 17, 2020:

Governor Kelly officially extended the Stay-At-Home Order through May 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Original Order identifies a framework of businesses that may remain operational, known as the Kansas Essential Function Framework, which includes four core areas: (1) “Connect,” which includes functions surrounding telecommunications services, (2) “Distribute,” which includes functions related to distribution of electricity and transportation of passengers or cargo, (3) “Manage,” which includes certain governmental functions such as law enforcement, the protection of sensitive information, the preservation of constitutional rights; and (4) “Supply,” which includes functions pertaining to certain supplies including fuel, housing, food products, defense, and research and development.

April 16, 2020:

Governor Kelly announced that the Stay-At-Home Order that went into effect on March 30 has been extended to May 3. The Order was originally set to expire on April 19, 2020. The extension has still not been released. The original Order adopted the framework from the previously implemented Executive Order No. 20-15 to define what qualifies as essential and includes four core areas, including: (1) “Connect,” which includes functions surrounding telecommunications services, (2) “Distribute,” which includes functions related to distribution of electricity and transportation of passengers or cargo, (3) “Manage,” which includes certain governmental functions such as law enforcement, the protection of sensitive information, the preservation of constitutional rights; and (4) “Supply,” which includes functions pertaining to certain supplies including fuel, housing, food products, defense, and research and development.

The Cities of Kansas City, Independence, and North Kansas City in Missouri have extended their Stay-At-Home Orders until May 15, 2020. Jackson County Executive also stated he plans to announce an extension as well.

April 14, 2020:

Governor Kelly signed Executive Order 20-22 which extends a prior order that had lifted certain restrictions and regulations for motor carriers actively participating in COVID-19 relief or restoration efforts. The Order is now in place until May 15, 2020.

Governor Kelly has also announced that she will release an extension to the Stay-At-Home Order currently set to expire on April 19, 2020. The extension has not yet been released.

April 12, 2020:

Governor Kelly issued an Executive Order on April 9 extending renewal deadlines for all occupational and professional licenses, and for organizations’ licenses and permits as well. The licenses and permits are now valid until 90 days following the termination of the State of Disaster Emergency. The Order also waives late payments and extends deadlines for continuing education requirements. However, the order does not affect licensing for attorneys.

The Governor also issued an order permitting remote notarization with two-way audio and video communication technology where both the Notary Public and individual are in the state of Kansas, the Notary Public can identify the individual signing the document, and the transaction follows guidance posted by the Kansas Secretary of State.

April 7, 2020:

Governor Kelly issued an Order prohibiting the gathering of more than ten people. This order replaced Order 20-14 which provided exemptions for religious gatherings and funeral services, as well as libraries, restaurants and bars, and grocery stores, among others, where social distancing was followed. Executive Order 20-18 now applies the ten person gathering limitation to attendees of religious gatherings and funerals as well, with the exception of those conducting the religious services or funeral services. The order still exempts libraries, restaurants and bars, and grocery stores, among others, where social distancing can be followed.

April 1, 2020:

Governor Kelly issued Executive Order 20-17, which requires all employers to notify employees of the potential availability of unemployment insurance benefits to employees at the time of separation from employment. The order also suspends certain requirements for claimants in connection with obtaining unemployment benefits.

March 30, 2020:

Governor Kelly issued a state-wide Shelter-At-Home Executive Order for the State of Kansas. All individuals within the state of Kansas are only permitted to leave their home for essential activities, including obtaining food, medicine, and household necessities, working at a business to perform an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework, among others.

This Order adopts the framework from the previously implemented Executive Order No. 20-15 to define what qualifies as essential and includes four core areas, including: (1) “Connect,” which includes functions surrounding telecommunications services, (2) “Distribute,” which includes functions related to distribution of electricity and transportation of passengers or cargo, (3) “Manage,” which includes certain governmental functions such as law enforcement, the protection of sensitive information, the preservation of constitutional rights; and (4) “Supply,” which includes functions pertaining to certain supplies including fuel, housing, food products, defense, and research and development.

The order goes into effect on March 30 and remains in effect until April 19, 2020, or until the State of Disaster expires, whichever is earlier, and unless extended.

March 26, 2020:

Governor Kelly signed the state’s budget bill which approved $65 million for COVID-19 response.

March 25, 2020:

Governor Kelly issued six executive orders yesterday, March 24.

No. 20-15 provides guidance to county health officials, with the intent of bringing consistency across the state. The order states that is supersedes and overrides any local order that did not exempt the Kansas Essential Functions Framework. These include telecommunications services, distribution of electricity and transportation of passengers or cargo, certain governmental functions such as law enforcement, protecting sensitive information, preserving constitutional rights, and certain supplies including fuel, housing, food products, defense, and research and development.

Governor Kelly also replaced the executive order covering evictions, with new language making it clear that landlords also may not evict people for failure to pay rent due to COVID-19 related financial hardship. The new order went into effect yesterday, March 24. The order does state that individuals are not relieved of their obligations to pay mortgages or rent.

The Governor also issued orders requiring the continuation of waste removal and recycling, extending vehicle registration renewal deadlines and license expiration dates to 60 days past the expiration of the order, prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people, and deferring tax payments to July 15, 2020 for individual and corporate income taxes and to October 15, 2020 for property taxes.

Shelter-At-Home orders also go into effect for Doniphan, Sedgwick, Atchison, Miami, and Shawnee counties today, March 25. The orders were issued March 24.

March 24, 2020:

Kansas and Missouri (KC Metro): Shelter-At-Home Orders go into effect for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County, Johnson County, Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County, Leavenworth County, Douglas County, and the City of Belton. The orders are in effect for 30 days.

March 22, 2020:

Kansas and Missouri: Officials from CORE 4 Partners of Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson County, Missouri; and Wyandotte County/City of Kansas City, Kansas held a press conference discussing the metro area’s new stay at home orders. The officials indicated the orders are largely identical.

Johnson County released its order directing individuals to stay at home other than to perform “essential activities” including tasks essential to health or safety, to obtain necessary supplies, and to perform essential business operations. Essential Businesses include twenty five categories including healthcare operations, essential infrastructure, essential government functions, grocery stores, media, gas stations, financial institutions, residential or essential business sanitation, maintenance, and safety workers, mail services, laundry, restaurants providing take-out or delivery, professional services, hotels, burial services, childcare services, and manufacturing companies, among others. The order also provides that schools may remain open and if needed can be used for housing, distribution of food, and providing medical care.

Essential businesses still must maintain social distancing requirements, including six-feet distancing. Gatherings of 10 people are prohibited. The order remains in effect for 30 days, until April 23, 2020.

Leavenworth County and Douglas County released similar orders.

March 21, 2020:

Kansas City Metro: The CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansas; announced that effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all residents are directed to stay at home except for essential needs. The order will remain in place for 30 days, with consideration after 30 days as to whether to prolong the order.

The City of Kansas City (Missouri) Order defines “Essential Businesses” as those that fall into 22 enumerated categories. These categories encompass most healthcare-related businesses, financial institutions, most food-related businesses, construction, utilities, transportation, grocery stores, hardware stores, gas stations, and professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities, among others. Essential Businesses may continue in-person operations, subject to implementing social-distancing practices. All other businesses must cease in-person operations, except for “minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and facilities, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions,” as well as minimal activities to facilitate employees working from home.

With regard to individuals, the Order directs individuals to leave their homes only to perform essential activities, such as health related or to obtain necessary supplies, and to participate in otherwise permitted work activities.

Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County’s order directs individuals to stay at home other than essential activity, and the definition of essential businesses largely mirrors the order issued by the City of Kansas City, Missouri yesterday. It includes healthcare operations, operations surrounding food, media, gas stations, financial institutions, residential or essential business sanitation, maintenance, and safety workers, laundry, restaurants providing take-out or delivery, professional services, and childcare services, among others.

March 17, 2020:

Governor Kelly issued an executive order closing all K-12 schools until the end of the school year.

The Governor also directed all state employees in the executive branch agencies to stay home for two weeks, effective March 23, 2020, on administrative leave.

March 16, 2020:

Governor Kelly banned all gatherings larger than 50 people.

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