In an effort to clarify information on closings

and restrictions, the Pottawatomie County Board of Health hereby directs and orders:

1. Effective immediately, all public or private mass gatherings, as defined below, are prohibited in Pottawatomie County, Kansas.

a. The phrase “mass gathering” as used in this order means any planned or

spontaneous public or private event or convening that will bring together or is

likely to bring together 10 or more people in a confined or enclosed space at the same time.

b. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, mass gatherings at: auditoriums theaters, movie theaters, museums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, exhibition centers, taverns, health and fitness centers, recreation centers, and licensed pools.

2. The following activities or facilities are exempt from prohibitions of this order:

a. Religious gatherings, as long as attendees engage in appropriate social


b. Airports;

c. Funeral or memorial services or ceremonies;

d. Public, private, or charter schools for non-instructional purposes – such as

medication pick-up, childcare services, providing meals – and when operating as polling places;

e. Childcare locations (including those that operate within a facility that is otherwise subject to the prohibitions of this order), provided:

1. The childcare operation is licensed and lawfully operated under Kansas State

statutes, all Riley County Health Department (who oversees childcare centers

in the region) standards, and KDHE standards.

2. 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.

3. The childcare facility must present, upon request of the Local Health Officer,

the completed screening form for each child in its facility. Failure to comply will

result in the revocation of the childcare facility’s license.

4. This licensed childcare facility exemption will not go into effect until Monday,

March 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

f. Hotels and motels, as long as room service is used for food ordering and


g. Law enforcement, jail, or correctional facilities;

h. Military and National Guard facilities;

i. Any facility being used as part of a government or community response to a

natural disaster;

j. Food pantries utilizing curb side service;

k. Shelter facilities;

l. Apartment of other multi-family residential buildings;

m. Shopping malls and other retail establishments;

n. Hospitals, medical facilities, and pharmacies;

o. Long-term care and assisted living facilities, as long as the facility follows all

current Department of Health Services Recommendations for Prevention of

COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities per the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

p. Libraries;

q. Senior Centers, but only for the curb-side pick-up or delivery of meals;

r. Restaurants, provided they offer food through drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or

delivery (no dine-in or lobby access to customers);

s. Retail food establishments (grocery stores, convenience stores, farmer’s markets)

as long as social distancing is maintained;

t. Office spaces and government service centers;

u. Manufacturing, processing, distribution, and production facilities;

v. Public transportation;

w. Utility facilities;

x. Job centers;

y. Facilities operated by the Kansas Court Systems

These restrictions shall become effective immediately and will remain in force until rescinded or revised.

The Pottawatomie County Board of Health strongly advises everyone to stay home if you are sick, or experiencing symptoms. We encourage everyone to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and local public health officials and private medical providers.

For more information about Pottawatomie County’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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