WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns issued a new health order for the current order that expires on Feb. 6. The new order will run from Feb. 7 until March 20. Details of the order were presented to the Sedgwick County Commission during their weekly staff meeting today.

The new order lets bars and restaurants stay open later at night and allows them to have more customers at one time.

GuidanceEnding Feb. 6Starting Feb. 7
Bar/restaurant curfew11 p.m.Midnight
Mass gathering limit25 people100 people
Retail stores50% of fire code capacity75% of fire code capacity
Bars, restaurants, event centers, fitness centers50% of fire code capacity or 100 people, whichever is less75% of fire code capacity or 150 people, whichever is less
Youth, recreational sporting events2 attendees per participant4 attendees per participant
Local health officer’s event plan review, approvalFor facilities with capacity over 2,000For facilities with capacity over 1,000

Dr. Minns said the number of coronavirus cases has decreased.

“The number of patients in the hospital and ICU is significantly down so we’re seeing a decline in the prevalence of this disease in our community,” Dr. Minns told commissioners. “Our latest numbers are about 7% of all the tests that are done are positive, that’s come down from 20% at one time.”

Minns thanked the community for obeying the mask mandate and physical distancing. He said that helped in the decline.

“I want to thank them for doing that, and I hope they continue to do that because even with this lifting of restrictions, we’ve got to continue the masks, we’ve got to continue the six-foot distancing, we’ve got to continue all those things that we can do thru public health,” Minns said.

Dr. Minns said while the vaccine is out, it will take months to have a large scaled immunity.

For more on the health order, watch the Sedgwick County staff meeting.