TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A local public health official plans to close bars and restrict restaurant hours in the state’s largest city and the surrounding area until after Labor Day because of a surge in reported coronavirus cases over the past six weeks that’s been far worse than the state’s spike.
Dr. Garold Minns, Sedgwick County’s health officer, told county commissioners Tuesday that he will issue an order to close bars and nightclubs until Sept. 9 and direct restaurants to close at 10 p.m. He said he also plans to drop the limit on public gatherings from 45 to 15 and prohibit fairs, parades and festivals.
Minns announced his plans the day before the Republican-controlled State Board of Education planned to vote on Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to delay the reopening of the state’s public and private K-12 schools for three weeks, from mid-August to Sept. 9. Kelly issued an order Monday requiring mask use and daily temperature checks for staff and students statewide, but Kansas law requires her to get the state board’s approval to delay the start of fall classes.