On April 30, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced a three (3) phase plan to reopen Kansas using milestones instead of specific dates.
From the Governor’s website:
"Progress will be measured by monitoring our testing rates, COVID-19 hospitalizations, ability to contact trace, and availability of personal protective equipment.
Here’s what you can do to help reach reopening milestones:
- Follow your county’s restrictions. Not all counties may choose to open at the same time.
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Wear masks in public settings.
- Maximize physical distance (6 feet or more) in public settings.
- Avoid socializing with large groups.
- High-risk individuals should only leave the house for essential needs.
- Minimize nonessential travel.
- Check in (via phone/letter/text/email) with friends and family who are isolated.
- Wash your hands frequently."
Find the details of the plan here: https://covid.ks.gov/ad-astra-a-plan-to-reopen-kansas/.
Douglas County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino has issued a "stay at home" order for Douglas County, KS, that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24.
What will remain open:
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations
- Health care facilities
Residents are ordered to remain home except for essential needs. The order is effective until April 23, unless otherwise amended.
Vulnerable populations including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions must stay-at-home. All community members should stay at home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.
It’s fine to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing.
The Douglas County order matches recent ones issued in neighboring counties of the Kansas City area, including Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties.
As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly issued an Executive Order that began March 30, and will be in effect at least through May 3.
Kansans are directed to stay home unless performing one of the following essential activities:
- Obtaining food, medicine and other household necessities;
- Going to and from work at a business or organization performing an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework;
- Seeking medical care;
- Caring for children, family members or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location;
- Engaging in an outdoor activity, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size.
The State of Kansas has established guidelines for determining which businesses provide functions considered “essential." This determination is based upon the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF). For the safety of your employees and the public, it is critical that as many individuals as possible remain at home.
Individuals or entities who are uncertain whether they perform functions exempted from the prohibitions of the Governor’s order can visit the website, governor.kansas.gov/keff, or may email KEFF@ks.gov.
The state’s order supersedes the Douglas County Stay at Home order that took effect March 24. Because the orders are similar, you can review information on Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health’s webpage. If have specific questions about the state order, it is best to visit governor.ks.gov/keff.
Baldwin City Cancellations and Suspensions due to COVID-19
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- VIN inspections and fingerprinting services are suspended.
- BCPD is requesting individuals call instead of walking in if possible - 785-594-3850.
- Other police services will continue as normal.
- The station is not open to the public, but all fire services will continue as normal.
- Municipal Court is temporarily suspended through May. More information about municipal court is available here.
- Regular City Council, Planning Commission meetings, and all Committee Meetings are currently proceeding in a virtual format.
- City Hall and Public Works offices are closed to walk in visitors until further notice.
- Bills can be paid online, through the mail, over the phone, or via the dropbox at City Hall.
- Utility disconnects have been suspended until further notice.
- City Council approved a Utility Deferment Program that is available now. Click for more information.