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As Kansas moves into Phase 2.0, Mid-America Dragway and Wellington Regent will reopen

Sumner Newscow report — Kansas will take the next step in its reopening on Friday, when movie theaters, museums, non-tribal casinos and other indoor entertainment venues will be permitted to reopen. Gov. Laura Kelly unveiled the changes Tuesday — the latest rollback of restrictions after weeks of lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Subsequently, a couple of local business owners have announced their reopenings. 

Mid-America Dragway, six miles west of Arkansas City on U.S. 166, will reopen on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a race called the “Quarantine Comeback Throwdown.” The gates will open at 8 a.m. with time runs starting at 10 a.m. Click here for more details.

•Wellington Regent, our favorite local movie theater, will reopen on Thursday, June 4 with the playing of Pulp Fiction – a 1990s Quinten Tarantino movie. First-run movies won’t be available for at least a month, according to Jerry Fike, Regent Theater owner. The opening of “Mulan” which was the movie the Regent was going to show when the pandemic hit in March, will start on July 24.

Bars and night clubs, along with swimming pools, will stay closed.

Kelly called the new standard a “slightly modified” version of phase two of her reopening plan. She announced it only a day after Kansas entered “phase 1.5” of the plan, which allowed barber shops and hair salons to open for appointments.

Local governments will continue to have the power to impose tighter restrictions, but cannot be looser.

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