Summary
As of Oct. 26, authorities in Kansas have amended an order requiring travelers from certain locations to self-quarantine for 14 days, as part of the state's ongoing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Travelers entering Kansas who have attended a mass gathering of 500 or more people where individuals did not social distance or wear protective face coverings or anyone who traveled to North Dakota on or after Oct. 21, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, anyone who has been on a cruise ship or river cruise since March or anyone who traveled to Andorra on or after Oct. 21, must also self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering in Kansas. A statewide mandate requiring persons to wear protective face coverings is still in effect, but local governments can opt-out of the requirement.

Some localities maintain additional restrictions. In Sedgwick County, bars and nightclubs can open at 50-percent capacity and must close nightly at 0100. Social gatherings of more than 15 people are banned; however, entertainment facilities can allow up to 2,000 people, as long as they comply with social distancing measures and require the use of protective face coverings. In Wyandotte County, businesses can open at 75-percent capacity. In Douglas County, restaurants, bars and nightclubs must suspend the sale of alcohol nightly at 2300 and must close no later than 0000. Gatherings of more than 45 people are banned. In Shawnee County, bars can open at 50-percent capacity; bars and restaurants must close in-person services nightly at 2300 Thursdays-Saturdays, and at 0000 the rest of the week. Authorities urge individuals to avoid social gatherings of more than 45 people unless social distancing measures are in place.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

 

Advice
Confirm appointments. 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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