Effective from midnight on Nov. 11 until 11:59 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 31, 2020, Sedgwick County officials have voted to enforce more limits on social gatherings.  Mass gatherings at restaurants, bars and night clubs, and health and fitness centers will now be capped at 100 people or 50 percent of the fire code capacity, whichever is less, but individuals must be able to maintain the six-foot social distance requirement.

Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitals getting overwhelmed with COVID, Sedgwick County’s Local Health Officer Garold Minns issued a new, more restrictive Local Health Order to reduce the spread in the community.

Since public spaces have the ability to allow customers to not wear masks during those activities, putting unmasked residents in close proximity at these locations for a longer than recommended period of time; more restrictions is necessary to combat the rapid spread.

Bars, night clubs, and other businesses licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption can stay open until 11 p.m. These establishments are able to operate at with 100 patrons or 50 percent of the fire code capacity, whichever is less. These businesses may continue carryout and curbside services past midnight. Restaurants may seat parties of no more than eight people.

Retail stores are not considered mass gatherings however these entities are limited to 50 percent of fire code capacity based on concerns about social distancing and holiday shopping.

Large venues (2,000 plus people) where 50 percent of the fire code capacity is still a large number and social distancing is possible must have approval from Dr. Minns to host events.

Religious institutions, election polling places, licensed child care facilities, schools and their activities, and courts are exempt from this order.

COVID best practices are still highly recommended to the public: mask wearing, social distancing, and good hand hygiene, are the best ways for the community to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect one another.

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