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Sedgwick County commissioners vote to recommend that residents and businesses continue to adhere to state’s reopening plan

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly is letting county government and county health officials take over deciding the guidelines and timelines for reopening businesses.

“We think it’s time to allow this to take the next step,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner Pete Meitzner.

The Sedgwick County Commission held a meeting Wednesday to take up the issue.

At the meeting, commissioner David Dennis made a substitute motion to not impose additional limits, based on current conditions and recommend that Sedgwick County residents and businesses continue to adhere to the phases and guidance in the state’s Ad Astra plan with modifications that it further defines public gatherings as persons commonly known to one another and allow gatherings of up to 20 individuals.

During the meeting, Dr. Garold Minns, the county’s local health officer, noted that a majority of residents have followed prevention measures including social distancing which is a partial reason for low COVID-19 case counts in Sedgwick County.

“As we heard from Dr. Minns, a majority of our residents are following prevention measures including practicing social distancing,” said Meitzner. “The vote we took today is a step forward to opening our businesses and organizations while still protecting the health of our community.”

“We’ll still track what’s going on, if we see some big changes in going on, we can always change out guidance, we can change it to no longer guidance, but to regulations,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis.

The motion passed 3-2 with commissioners David Dennis, Lacey Cruse, and Pete Meitzner in favor. Commissioners Jim Howell and Michael O’Donnell voted against.

Other Kansas counties and their decisions on how they will proceed can be found here.

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