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Kansas takes first step toward reopening its economy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Restaurant dining rooms, retail stores and some offices in Kansas have begun began reopening after lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order, though some business owners say they’ll wait a while.

Gov. Laura Kelly plans to reopen the coronavirus-battered economy in four stages between now an at least June 15.  

The first stage began when the her stay-at-home order expired at midnight Sunday, allowing dine-in service in restaurants and the reopening of stores with social distancing.

Sarah Bagby said she wasn’t ready yet to reopen Watermark Books and Cafe in Wichita to in-person shoppers.

But in Colby, Junelle Hills said she was ready for business to return to normal at her quilt, curtain and cabin business. 

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