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Reno County issues new health order due to COVID-19 that restricts mass gatherings

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Reno County health officer has issued a new order due to the increase of COVID-19.

The order will take effect 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 and defines mass gatherings.

It includes gatherings at auditoriums, theaters, movie theaters, museums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, exhibition centers, taverns, health and fitness centers, recreation centers, and licensed pools. There are several exemptions in the order that include religious gatherings.

In the county order, mass gatherings mean any planned or spontaneous, indoor and outdoor, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 100 or more people in a confined or enclosed space at the same time.

But it will not apply to football games, which are outdoors and can be properly socially distanced, according to the Hutchinson School public information officer.

“So, it was a close vote (Monday) last night of 4-3 by the school board to allow two fans for each participant at a game,” said Ray Hemman with Hutchinson schools. “The discussion was doing the best for our students.”

As for students in the classrooms, Hutchinson will do hybrid learning and clean every chance they get.

“We’re doing everything we can in terms of cleanliness. We are on a hybrid schooling method now, in the orange. Which means half of our students come Monday, they have the day off on Tuesday,” said Hemman.

As of Monday, Reno County said it has had seven deaths from COVID-19, 1,446 positive cases, 321 current active positive cases, and 58 total COVID-19 admissions to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and 29 total admissions to the Intensive Care Unit.

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