May 17, 2020 8:04 PM

Health Officer discusses planned lifting of day care restrictions

Posted May 17, 2020 8:04 PM

Childcare restrictions have been removed, effective Monday, by the Riley County Health Department's latest order.  Julie Gibbs, Health Officer, said with more business being able to open they need more openings for daycares. "We had previously limited them to just 10 in a daycare, or 10 in a stable group in a center. We're now removing that limitation. "

Gibbs said daycare or child care providers are still being encouraged to continue to take temperatures and do a screening. "Many of them are already doing that before we even put an order in so we're still strongly encouraging that but we are removing the limitation of the amount of kids in one group."

The order followed the release of the Phase 1.5 Covid-19 guidelines by Governor Kelly last week.

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Phase 1.5 of COVID-19 reopening begins on Monday

This is a list of some key elements from Kansas Reopening Phase 1.5 that begins on Monday.

• Mass gatherings of more than 10 individuals continue to be prohibited;

• Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided may open, but only for prescheduled appointments or online check-in;

• Fitness centers and health clubs may open, but in-person group classes may not occur and locker rooms must be closed except as necessary to use restroom facilities.

• In-person commencement or graduation ceremonies may occur with no more than 10 individuals in a room, gymnasium, or facility at one time as long as 6-foot social distancing is maintained. Outdoor drive-through graduation ceremonies during which no more than 10 individuals are in the same area outside of their vehicles at a time (i.e.school administration, graduate, family members, etc.) are allowed.

Under Phase 1.5, the following, unless they are repurposed for use in an essential function under the Kansas Essential Function Framework, shall remain closed to the public:

• Bars and night clubs, excluding already operating curbside and carryout services;

• Non-tribal Casinos;

• Theaters, museums, and other indoor leisure spaces (trampoline parks, arcades, etc.);

• Community centers;

• Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of 2,000 or more.

• Fairs, festivals, carnivals, parades;

• Swimming pools (other than backyard pools);

• Organized sports facilities, sports tournaments, sports games, and sports practices; and

• Summer camps.