Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: As of July 24, officials in Kansas, US, maintain travel restrictions. County officials impose additional restrictions due to COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 24 Jul 2020 12:17 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 10 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Kansas (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions, travel restrictions

Summary
As of July 24, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has maintained an order requiring travelers entering the state from certain locations to self-quarantine, while officials in several counties have imposed additional business restrictions due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.

As of July 24, travelers entering the state from the US states of Arizona and Florida, as well as passengers from cruise ships or river cruises, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers arriving from multiple international destinations, including Bahrain, French Guiana, China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, and Brazil, must also self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, residents statewide must wear face coverings whenever they are in public.

While orders restricting businesses and gatherings have been lifted statewide, officials in multiple counties are imposing new restrictions. Authorities in Sedgwick county have ordered bars and nightclubs to close and personal care businesses to operate by appointment only starting July 24. Social gatherings of more than 15 people are banned. Officials in Wyandotte and Douglas counties will maintain current restrictions until further notice, including a ban on groups larger than 45 people. Businesses can operate at 75-percent capacity. In Douglas county, bars and nightclubs cannot operate.

In Shawnee County, gatherings of more than 45 people should be avoided unless social distancing measures are in place; bars, restaurants, and nightclubs with capacity for more than 100 people must operate with a 50-percent capacity limit.

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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