Sedgwick County health officer eases pandemic restrictions

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With local data shows a trend of decreasing COVID-19 positivity rates in Sedgwick County, 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.The announcement was made on Tuesday and will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.“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,” said. He also also expressed his thanks to community members who are following the healthy behaviors.Commissioners decided to bring the order back for a discussion during this week’s regular commission meeting, which was held on Wednesday.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.As part of the order, the mass gathering limit is being increased to 100 people, and the bar and restaurant curfew is being moved back to midnight.Restaurants may continue to have curbside, drive-through and delivery service between midnight and 5 a.m., but not carry-out service. Tables must continue to be spaced at least 6 feet part, and there is a maximum of eight people who may be seated together.Retail stores can now allow people in up to 75 percent of fire code capacity, up from 50 percent. For bars, restaurants, event center and fitness centers, the maximum is 75 percent of capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.Youth and recreational sporting events may now allow up to four attendees per participant, rather than two.
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