By Travis MountsTSnews
Friday brought a pair of changes regarding COVID-19 prevention efforts and restrictions.
Sedgwick County health officer Dr. Garold Mins issued a new health order that lifts time restrictions on bars and begins to permit gatherings at mid-size venue.
As of 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, bars and restaurants serving alcohol in Sedgwick County no longer need to close early, unless another local or state law would apply.
Venues with a capacity between 400 and 1,000 people are now able to host events as long as the number of people does not exceed 25 percent of the venue's fire code capacity. Previously, these venues were limited to 100 people.
It is important to note that people must still be masked and maintain 6 feet of social distancing. The announcement from Sedgwick County noted that businesses and organization are still responsible for ensuring that individuals comply with health order regarding masks, capacity and social distancing.
Tables are still limited to no more than eight people. Restaurants and bars are limited to 75 percent capacity or 150 people, whichever is less. All tables must be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
Also on Friday, Sedgwick County lowered the age for people to get vaccinated as part of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. The county will now vaccinate people age 65 and older.
Able-bodied people age 65 and older as well as health care workers can get vaccinated at the old Wichita Public Library downtown location, which is at 223 S. Main by Century II. A drive-through vaccination clinic continues to be held at the Wichita Transit Operations location, 777 E. Waterman. This is for people age 65 and older with mobility issues.
To schedule an appointment with the County, the individual or the individual’s representative registers online on behalf of the resident at www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/vaccine-information/covid-19-vaccine-dose-1/. If an online appointment cannot be made, the individual or representative may dial 316-660-1029 to schedule an appointment over the phone. Appointments will not be opened unless vaccine is available.
Arrive to your vaccine appointment no more than 15 minutes early and plan to allow at least 45 minutes for the vaccine appointment. Based on staffing, average wait times for appointments range from 60 to 90 minutes.
Contact your medical provider prior to the vaccine appointment if you have questions about how the vaccine may interact with your medical condition and medications you take.
continue to direct general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine to 316-660-1022; this line is not for scheduling appointments.
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