Mar 20, 2020 7:05 PM

Riley County Local Health Officer issues an order prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people

Posted Mar 20, 2020 7:05 PM

Riley County Health Officer Julie Gibbs has confirmed that there is one one case of the Coronavirus commonly known as COVID-19 in Riley County. She has issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 10 people, whether indoors or outdoors, effective in Riley County at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing until at least April 4th.

Some gatherings are exempt from the order but may be restricted or banned in the future.

A prohibited “public gathering” does not include a non-commercial and lawful gathering entirely indoors and within a private living space.

A prohibited “public gathering” does not include licensed and lawfully operated medical service provider offices, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.

A prohibited “public gathering” does not include grocery and/or convenience stores, provided proper “social distancing” is maintained at all times under then-existing CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or KDHE (Kansas Department of Health & Education) guidelines.

A prohibited “public gathering” does not include local, state or federal governmental operations, in public buildings, provided their operations are in compliance with the local health officer’s orders which have been issued with regard to their conduct of public business.

A prohibited "public gathering" does not include operations or events at or within commercial spaces, whether indoors or outdoors where persons are gathered in groups of less than ten (11) persons at one time, with at all times proper “social distancing” maintained under then-existing CDC or KDHE guidelines.

A prohibited “public gathering” does not include restaurants, bars and food pantries if they lawfully serve food and/or beverages by means of drive-thru or carry-out service, curbside service, or delivery only, with no dine-in seating allowed. Any persons inside such restaurant, bar or food pantry shall maintain at all times, proper “social distancing” under then-existing CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or KDHE (Kansas Department of Health & Education) guidelines.

A prohibited ‘public gathering” does not include religious gatherings, funerals, memorial services, and weddings provided proper “social distancing” is maintained at all times under then-existing CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or KDHE (Kansas Department of Health & Education) guidelines.

A prohibited ‘public gathering” does not include a licensed and lawfully operated (under Kansas statutes and all Riley County Health Department and KDHE standards) child care facility provided:

1. Every child must be screened upon entry and again prior to leaving. The temperature check cannot be taken within four (4) hours after a fever reducing medication was given.

2. The child care facility must present, upon request of the Local Health Officer, the completed screening form for each child in their facility. Failure to comply will result in the revocation of the child care facility’s license.

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MHK Together Program to provide local economic relief

Manhattan-based marketing agency, 502, has partnered with the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation to launch MHK Together, an online tool that enables customers to put dollars in the hands of their favorite retail, service and hospitality businesses while providing food assistance to those affected by layoffs or reductions in pay. Blade Mages, founder and president of 502, said, "These Manhattan businesses play such a large role in creating quality of life for our employees. As a team of problem solvers and makers, we felt a responsibility to do our part in extending a hand to these businesses. We had the ability and the partnerships in place to put this together, so we did."

MHK Together operates off the basic premise of "buy one, give one." When a customer buys a gift card through MHKTogether.org, the value of that gift card will be matched dollar-for-dollar, with a Dillons or Hy-Vee gift card to provide food assistance to individuals and families who have been directly impact by layoffs or wage loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vern Henricks, president and CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation said, "The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation has a mission to build relationships with donors to meet community needs. Right now, we're facing an unknown need of significant scale, and our community is up for the challenge. When 502 approached us with this idea, we jumped right on the opportunity to serve as an operational partner with assistance from Konza United Way and Shepherd's Cross. With this sort of out-of-the-box thinking and the generosity of our donors, we're going to get through this together."

This match was made available by the Ward & Brenda Morgan Donor Advised Fund and the Lincoln & Dorothy Deihl Advised Fund, both administered through the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. Grocery assistance was made possible by the contributions of local Dillons and Hy-Vee stores.

Affected local businesses or individuals seeking grocery assistance are asked to visit MHKTogether.org to review eligibility requirements.