Updated: June 1, 2020
Executive Order 20-34: Implementing Phase 2.0 of Reopening
Executive Order 20-34, Implementing Phase 2 of Kansas’s Reopening Plan, dated May 19, 2020, goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on May 22, 2020, and remains in force until rescinded or until the State of Disaster Emergency proclaimed on April 30, 2020, expires, whichever is earlier. This order rescinds and replaces Executive Order 20-31, the Phase 1.5 Order. Under this order, the following additional categories of businesses may now reopen, with restrictions as set forth in the Order:
- Fitness centers and health clubs may now hold in-person group classes.
- State owned-and-operated casinos may reopen if they comply with a reopening plan approved by the Department of Health and Environment.
- Theaters, museums, and other indoor leisure spaces.
The size of permitted gatherings is also increased from 10 people to 15 people.
Executive Order 20-31: Implementing Phase 1.5 of Reopening
Executive Order 20-31, Implementing Phase 1.5 of Kansas’s Reopening Plan, dated May 14, 2020, goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on May 18, 2020, and remains in force until rescinded or until the State of Disaster Emergency proclaimed on April 30, 2020, expires, whichever is earlier. This order rescinds and replaces Executive Order 20-29, the Phase 1 Order. Under this Order, the following additional categories of businesses may now reopen, with restrictions:
- Barber shops, nail salons, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal service businesses can reopen, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or online check-in.
- Fitness centers and health clubs may open, but may not have in-person group classes and locker rooms must be closed except as necessary to use restroom facilities.
Local governments may implement more restrictive orders, so long as they continue allow the performance of essential functions.
Updated: May 5, 2020
PRIOR ORDERS NO LONGER IN EFFECT; EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-29 EFFECTIVE MAY 4, 2020
Executive Order 20-29, Implementing Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS,” dated April 30, 2020, goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on May 4, 2020, and remains in force until rescinded or until the State of Disaster Emergency proclaimed on April 30, 2020, expires, whichever is earlier.
- Most businesses can open if they comply with the following guidelines:
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between customers. Restaurants may meet this requirement by using physical barriers sufficient to prevent virus spread between seated customers.
- Follow fundamental cleaning and public health practices detailed on the state’s Covid website.
- Avoid any instances in which groups of more than 10 individuals are in one location and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.
- Follow industry-specific guidelines provided on the state’s Covid website.
- The following businesses, venues, and events must remain closed, unless they are serving an essential function:
- Bars and night clubs (except for already-operating curbside and carryout services)
- Casinos (non-tribal)
- Theaters, museums, and other indoor leisure spaces such as trampoline parks or arcades
- Fitness centers and gyms
- Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided.
- Community centers
- Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with a capacity of 2,000 or more
- Fairs, festivals, carnivals, parades, commencements, and graduations
- Swimming pools (other than backyard pools)
- Organized sports facilities and tournaments
- Summer camps
- “Essential functions” are those previously outlined in Executive Order 20-16.
- Local governments may implement more restrictive orders, so long as they continue allow the performance of essential functions.
Updated: April 29, 2020
EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-16 EXTENDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-24 THROUGH MAY 3, 2020
EXECUTIVE ORDER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-16)
The Kansas Executive Order requires all citizens living within the State to stay at home except as allowed in the Order, and requires all businesses and operations in the State, except “Essential Functions,” to cease all activities until April 19, 2020. The Order provides a detailed listing of Essential Functions. Any business deemed a Non-Essential Business may continue to offer goods and services over the Internet.
Summary of Order
- Issued on March 28, 2020, Effective as of March 30, 2020 at 12:01am
- All businesses and operations in the State, except Essential Functions are required to cease all activities within the State.
- All Essential Functions are encouraged to remain open. Essential Businesses shall comply, to the extent reasonably possible, with social distancing requirements as defined in the Order, including by maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times.
- Even businesses designated as Essential Functions must, to the extent possible, use telework capabilities to avoid in person contact.
- Essential Functions means businesses involved in the following industries:
- Operate core IT Networks
- Provide cable access
- Provide Internet content
- Provide Internet touring/access
- Provide wireless, satellite, and wireline access services
- Distribute electricity
- Supply chains for Essential Functions
- Transmit electricity
- Transport cargo and passengers by air, rail, road, and vessel
- Transport material by pipeline
- Transport passengers by mass transit
- Conduct elections
- Operate media outlets
- Develop and maintain public works and support services for essential functions
- Educate and train essential functions personnel
- Enforce law
- Maintain access to medical records
- Manage hazardous materials and waste
- Manage wastewater
- Perform cyber incident management capabilities
- Prepare for and manage emergencies
- Preserve constitutional or legal rights
- Protect sensitive information
- Provide and maintain critical infrastructure
- Provide capital markets and investment activities
- Provide consumer and commercial banking services
- Provide funding and liquidity services
- Provide identity management and associated trust support services
- Provide insurance services
- Provide medical care and services
- Provide payment, clearing and settlement services
- Provide public safety
- Provide wholesale funding
- Store fuel and maintain reserves
- Support community health and mental health services
- Exploration and Extraction of Fuels
- Fuel Refining and Processing Fuels
- Generate Electricity
- Manufacture Equipment Used for Essential Functions or Critical Infrastructure (as defined by DHS)
- Produce and Provide Agricultural Products and Services
- Produce and Provide Human and Animal Food Products and Services
- Produce Chemicals
- Provide Metals and Materials
- Provide Housing
- Provide Information Technology Products and Services
- Provide Material and Operational Support to Defense
- Research and Development
- Supply Water