Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Kansas, US, to order residents to wear face coverings starting July 3. Travel restrictions remain in place.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 07:42 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Kansas (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Lingering transport and business disruptions

Summary
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued an order to require residents to wear face coverings whenever they are in public, starting July 3, to help curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities continue to require travelers from certain states to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Kansas. As of July 1, the order affects travelers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, and South Carolina.

While orders restricting businesses and gatherings have been lifted statewide, authorities recommend residents to limit face-to-face meetings and urge counties to impose their own restrictions. Officials in Wyandotte and Douglas counties will maintain current restrictions until at least July 5, including a ban on gatherings larger than 45 people and ensure social distancing measures within businesses. Officials in Shawnee County eased restrictions starting July 1, allowing gatherings of up to 2,000 or up to 50 percent of a venue's capacity. Officials in Sedgwick and Johnson counties continue to use the state's economic recovery plan as guidance, without ordering restrictions on businesses.

Business disruptions remain likely. Authorities may deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures.

Advice
Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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