Stay-in-Place Orders have been extended but they different in Kansas, Kansas City, and Missouri - even among Counties explained in KC Star article
4.12.2020 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting in-person religious gatherings to fight the coronavirus stands, the state Supreme Court ruled hours before Easter Sunday began. Source: KC Star
Governor Mike Parson orders schools to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. KC STAR article
4.7.2020 Here are some talking points for the EO (KS Governor's Executive Order) please use these as you see fit to get faith leaders to make statement in support and to get people on the call for tomorrow. The time we have set for the call is 3:15. We would like for this to be a conference call and not a zoom call. Let me know if you have any questions at all. Thank you!
This EO rescinds and replaces EO 20-14 for the purpose of clarifying a few provisions, but most significantly what this new EO does is now includes churches in the mass gathering prohibitions.
This was a difficult decision, and one I was hoping not to have to make. But I’ve said repeatedly during this pandemic crisis that we will adjust to circumstances as they develop to make sure we do everything we can to protect Kansans.
We have unfortunately seen too many cases of COVID-19 spreading as a result of church gatherings.
Now it’s become clear that with Easter approaching the opportunity for a spike in COVID-19 cases through church gatherings is especially dangerous.
So, effective tomorrow (April 8, 2020 at 12:01 p.m., churches will also have to comply with the prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people.
I also want to direct church leaders to the guidance issued by the Division of Emergency Management on Friday that explains what churches must do in order to comply with the statewide stay-home order.
Churches should use online or radio services as much as possible. I know many churches have already implemented online services.
If you cannot use online or radio services, all in-person services should maintain a six-foot distance between individuals, disinfect all commonly touched services before and during the service, and refrain from passing offering plates, communion trays, and other implements that may be repeatedly touched.
Cory V. Sheedy|Legislative Director & Assistant Counsel Kansas Governor Laura Kelly 300 SW 10th Avenue, Room 264 –W|Topeka, KS 66612 Office (785)-368-8216 |Cell (785)-581-4734
(With appreciation to Rabbi Moli Rieber of the Kansas Interfaith Action group who shared this with us.)