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Harvey, Saline counties limit public gathering sizes

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:49 PM CST
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HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - Surging cases of COVID-19 have prompted a pair of counties north of Wichita to implement health orders that include tighter restrictions on public gatherings. The Harvey County Commission on Tuesday (Nov. 24) voted to approve an order that limits mass gathering sizes to 10 people “where six feet of distance cannot be maintained.”

“It does not limit the occupancy allowed in a facility or event if six feet of distance can be maintained between groups at all times,” the county explained.

The order went into effect Wednesday (Nov. 25) and continues through Jan. 5, 2021.

“Our regional medical and health care systems are simply overwhelmed. We are on a dangerous trajectory if we cannot slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Doyle Detweiler, public health officer for Harvey County. “We recognize the importance of the holidays. For the sake of our medical community, we urge you to keep gatherings small.”

A local health order also remains in effect requiring people to wear masks in public in Harvey County.

It’s a similar situation in Saline County where the mass gathering limit is 15 people in any indoor space. The order for Saline County takes effect Saturday (Nov. 28). Additionally, the Saline County order limits bar and restaurant hours from 5 a.m. to midnight. Also like Harvey County and several counties across Kansas, Saline County also has implemented a mask mandate.

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