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Sumner County Commissioners issue Emergency Order today with less restrictions and allowance of all business activity

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This morning right before noon after a 53-minute meeting at the commissioner chambers that included 40 minutes of it in executive session, the Sumner County Commissioners issued an Emergency Order through Local Health Officer Laura Rettig.

The new order, begins with the Phase 3 guidelines starting May 29 (today). The estimated duration of the order is 19 days.

The following criteria for phase 3 is as follows:

PHASE THREE – SUMNER COUNTY ORDER

Time Period

•Earliest implementation is May 29, 2020.

•Estimated duration is 19 days.

General Principals

•Mass gatherings of more than 60 individuals are prohibited. Mass gatherings are defined as instances in which individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain six feet of distance between individuals (not including individuals who reside together) with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.

•Businesses or functions that are already in operation pursuant to the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF) (attached) may continue to function while, if possible, avoiding gatherings of more than 60 individuals where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

•Any federal or state restrictions imposed and still in effect must be followed.

Guidance for Individuals

•Masks: Individuals may choose to wear cloth masks in public settings.

•Outdoor Activities: When in public (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), individuals (not including individuals who reside together) should maintain 6 feet of distance from others with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.

•Social Gatherings: Avoid socializing in person with groups of more than 60 individuals in both indoor and outdoor settings, especially in circumstances that do not allow for a physical distance of 6 feet or more between individuals or groups with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity (e.g., receptions, trade shows).

•People at a Higher Risk for Severe Illness: May resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing and minimize exposure to large social settings when precautionary measures may be difficult.

•People at Higher Risk for Severe Illness include those individuals with underlying medical conditions, including chronic lung disease, asthma, heart conditions, severe obesity, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or otherwise immunocompromised, High Risk Individuals include adults 65 years and older, as defined by the CDC.

•Travel: Engage in nonessential travel but follow KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines for travel to high-risk areas.

Guidance for Employers

Telework: Employers may begin reducing telework and start bringing employees back to work in an office setting.

On-site Operations: Avoid large gatherings of employees in groups of more than 60 where social distancing protocols cannot be maintained except for infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity AND phase in employees on-site as possible while maintaining 6 feet of distance between employee workstations.

Potentially Sick Employees: Any employees exhibiting symptoms should be required to stay at home and asked to call their health care provider.

Business Travel: Engage in nonessential travel but follow KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines for travel to high-risk areas.

Visits to Long-term Care Facilities: In person visits to these facilities shall be Those who must interact with residents must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and screening.

Visits to Correctional Facilities: In person visits to these facilities may be gradually reinstated. Screening measures for all visitors can be continued. Those who must interact with residents must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and screening.

Business Restrictions

All businesses MAY OPEN IF:

They can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between consumers (individuals or groups). Restaurants or dining establishments may meet this requirement by using physical barriers sufficient to prevent virus spread between seated customers or groups of seated customers.

AND fundamental cleaning and public health practices are followed as designated by KDHE. Businesses should follow industry-specific guidelines as outlined on covid.ks.gov. Following additional best practices guidance from each business sector are strongly encouraged.

AND avoid any instances in which groups of more than 60 individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity. This does not limit the total occupancy of business but requires that businesses limit mass gatherings in areas and instances in which physical distancing cannot be maintained such as in tables, entrances, lobbies, break rooms, checkout areas, etc.

Educational Facilities

K-12 facilities should continue to follow the guidelines developed by the Kansas State Department of Education. Licensed childcare facilities may reopen or continue operations pursuant to state and local regulations.

Activities and Venues

All activities and venues MAY OPEN IF:

•They can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between individuals or

•AND fundamental cleaning and public health practices are followed. Any additional sector-specific best practices guidance from each are strongly encouraged.

•AND avoid any instances in which more than 60 individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity. This does not limit the total occupancy of a facility, but requires that facilities limit mass gatherings in areas and instances in which physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as in entrances, lobbies, locker rooms, etc.

Criteria to move to Phase Out

•Gating criteria must continually be met.

•Local indicators of infection spread show stable or decreasing community

•Clusters of cases are promptly identified and contained and do not spread to the Health care and public health systems can handle volume of cases.

PHASE OUT

Time Period

The estimated implementation is June 17, 2020. However, maybe sooner if all Gating criteria is met early.

General Principals

•Mass gathering limits are significantly relaxed. Mass gatherings are defined as instances in which individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance between individuals (not including individuals who reside together) with only infrequent incidental moments of closer proximity.

•All businesses and activities should follow mass gatherings guidelines and institute appropriate public health measures.

•Any federal or state restrictions imposed and still in effect must be followed.

Guidance for Individuals

•Individuals should continue hygiene protocols and practice social distancing when

•People at Higher Risk for Severe Illness: should still exercise additional precautions.

People at Higher Risk for Severe Illness include those individuals with underlying medical conditions, including chronic lung disease, asthma, heart conditions, severe obesity, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or otherwise immunocompromised, High Risk Individuals include adults 65 years and older, as defined by the CDC.

Guidance for Employers

Visits to Long-Term Care Facilities: In-person visits to these facilities may be gradually reinstated. Screening measures for all visitors are strongly encouraged to be continued. Those who must interact with residents must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene and screening.

THE FULL SUMNER COUNTY REOPENING PLAN ORDER CAN BE FOUND HERE

THE FULL SUMNER COUNTY ORDER AD ASTRA CAN BE FOUND HERE

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