Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Updated May 19, 2020


When does the Reopening Plan go into effect?   • The Framework will reopen the Kansas economy in Phases.  Throughout each Phase the Governor will continue evaluating the state’s progress and, if appropriate, issue a new executive order moving the statewide baseline to a new Phase.  Phase One will begin May 4.  Phase 1.5 will begin May 18th. Phase 2 will occur on May 22nd.  

Where can I find a copy of the Reopening Plan?   • "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas” can be found here: 



What role do local authorities have during the reopening process? • The State will set the regulatory baseline for Kansas local governments in each phase of this framework, allowing local governments to retain the ability to impose additional restrictions that are in the best interest of the health of their respective residents.  Any specific guidelines not outlined in the Framework are the jurisdiction of each local government. The state will not force communities to reopen. 

Can local units of government be less restrictive than the Reopening Plan? • Under Executive Order 20-34, local units of government cannot be less restrictive than the Governor’s plan. They may not allow businesses or activities explicitly prohibited in each phase of the Governor’s plan. The Governor will issue another executive order to move the state’s regulatory baseline into Phase Two when appropriate. Until then, local units of government may not move into Phase Two on their own.  

What if my local government wants to use a different, more restrictive standard?    • Local governments do not have to apply or submit requests to the state to institute any equal or more restrictive standards. Local governments that choose not to impose any additional restrictions are required to operate within the regulatory baseline of the Governor’s EO for each phase.  

How were decisions made about mass gatherings?   • Mass gathering limits for each phase were determined by considering the capacity of our public health infrastructure and determining a measured, gradual approach for loosening restrictions. The Governor reserves the right to loosen or strengthen these restrictions in subsequent phases based on the state’s health progress.  

If a function was listed as essential under Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF), will it remain so?  • Local governments may decide whether an individual or organization performs an essential function under the KEFF, but any individual or organization with confirmation from the State that it performed an essential function is to remain deemed to perform an essential function. 

Is this plan enforceable by law? Or just suggested guidelines for the counties? If enforceable - how will you enforce it?  •  All enforcement happens at the local level. I will issue an executive order making the mass gathering, business, activity, and venue restrictions law for Phase One. It is a crime to violate the executive order, but local law enforcement is encouraged to pursue compliance before using criminal enforcement measures. 

If one county has a stricter stay-home order than the county you actually work in -- which rules do you follow? • Follow the rules of the county you are in at that time. 

Does the state move from phases together? What if one county is ready to move to Phase Three earlier than another county?  • The State of Kansas will move from phase to phase as a state. Counties are able to impose equal or more restrictive orders.  


What metrics are being used in the Reopening Plan?  • There are three health metrics being reviewed in the Reopening Plan to best assess the status of COVID-19 in a community.  • The three health metrics being used are as follows:  o Disease spread: Measures the number of new cases by date of symptom onset in comparison to the respective state and county population. o Hospitalizations: Number of new hospitalizations by date of admission. o Deaths: Number of new deaths by date of death.  

Where do I go to learn about my county’s COVID-19 health metrics? • Here is a link to the county health officials in Kansas. 

Are there any basic health guidelines that we should be following?  • Throughout all the phases, Kansans should maintain social distancing, practice good hygiene, remain home when sick, follow isolation and quarantine orders issued by state or local health officers, use cloth face masks when leaving their homes, and continue to clean and disinfect surfaces. These are basic public health guidelines that will slow the spread of this disease as we slowly re-open Kansas. Individuals are strongly encouraged to resume seeking medical services while following safety guidelines issued by each respective medical facility. Additional guidelines can be found in the plan, on the KDHE website, or on the CDC website. 

What is new in Phase 2? 

Given promising trends in COVID-19 disease spread, hospitalizations, and deaths, the Governor has decided to move the state into a modified Phase Two on Friday, May 22nd with a new mass gathering limit of 15 individuals. All businesses and activities slated for Phase 2 will be allowed with the exception of bars/night clubs and swimming pools. Phase 3 will now begin approximately Monday, June 8 with a mass gathering limit of 45.  Phase 2 allowances

How does this change the dates of the Ad Astra Reopening Plan? • Phase Two will begin on May 22nd. • Phase Three will occur approximately June 8th.  • Phase Out will occur approximately June 22nd.  

What is the mass gathering limit now for Phase Two? • Mass gatherings of more than 15 individuals are prohibited. Mass gatherings are defined as instances in which individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance between individuals (not including individuals who reside together) with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.  

Does anything change with salons, tanning salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and other personal services in Phase Two? • No. These facilities can continue to operate as they were in Phase 1.5. This means they can operate, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or online check-in. They must still comply with the social distancing and mass gathering restrictions that apply to all businesses allowed to operate.  • Local governments retain authority to impose equal or more stringent restrictions on businesses during this phase, except as to essential functions in KEFF. 

Does anything change with Fitness Centers in Phase 2? • Yes. Group classes are now allowed, up to 15 individuals. This applies to all businesses classified as fitness centers or health clubs in Phase 1.5 (Dance Studios, Martial Arts Studies, etc.). Locker rooms must be closed except as necessary to use restroom facilities.  • Local governments retain authority to impose equal or more stringent restrictions on businesses during this phase, except as to essential functions in KEFF. 

Can swimming pools open? • No, except for backyard swimming pools and pool facilities used for physical therapy or first-responder training.  


Can I have youth sports practices? • Recreational organized sports facilities, games, and practices may operate as long as they follow mass gathering and social distancing guidelines outlined in Executive Order 20-43 AND follow guidelines established by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association posted on

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