Lyon County Public Health
Brandon W. Stiner, PhD, PIO
420 W. 15th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 208-3741
PublicHealth.LyonCounty.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2020

Emergency Order From Local Health Officer

In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Lyon County Health Officer, Renee Hively, RN-BSN, issued an order which closes certain business to the public.

The order from Hively shall apply to all restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters in Lyon County, Kansas.

There locations are hereby ordered closed to the public effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 until further notice.

Any such establishment may continue to provide carryout, drive-through and delivery food and beverage services.

In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local public health officials for social distancing and infection control measures.

This order does not allow for there to be any dine-in seating whatsoever at the establishments listed in the order.

Lyon County Public Health Press Release – March 19, 2020 (Click here)

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Emergency Order Of Local Health Officer

Emergency Public Health Order issued on this 19th day of March 2020 to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Lyon County, Kansas, pursuant to the authority provided in K.S.A. 65-119 and K.S.A. 65-129b and other applicable laws or regulations.

WHEREAS, the Local Health Officer is authorized and required, pursuant to K.S.A. 65-119 and K.S.A. 65-129b to immediately exercise and maintain a supervision over known or suspected cases of any infectious or contagious disease during its continuance, and to issue orders seeing that all such cases are properly handled and that the provisions of the Kansas public health laws as to isolation, quarantine and disinfection are duly enforced: and

WHEREAS, the Local Health Officer is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and is authorized to prohibit public gatherings when necessary for the control of any all infectious or contagious diseases, pursuant to K.S.A. 65-119: and

WHEREAS on the 12th day of March, 2020 the Governor of the State of Kansas, Laura Kelly, found that a disaster had occurred, or the threat thereof was imminent as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the confirmed outbreak and person-to-person spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, has been confirmed in Kansas, resulting in serious illness and at least one death to date in Kansas; and

WHEREAS, such conditions endanger health, safety and welfare of persons and property within the border of Lyon County, Kansas; and

WHEREAS, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Lyon County Local Health Officer, all recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies to increase containment of the virus, including cancellation of large gatherings and social distancing in smaller gatherings; and

WHEREAS, the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting epidemic in the United States and in Kansas continue to threaten the life and health of our citizens and visitors as well as the economy and remains a public disaster affecting life, health, property, and the public peace.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED by the Local Health Officer, pursuant to the above authorities, that:

  1. All large public gatherings of people in the County are prohibited effective at 8:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020 for 30 days or until further notice. Large public gatherings are those with more than ten (10) people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities, private business operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals. A “gathering” does not include normal operations at spaces where persons may be in transit or coming and going individually or in groups of less than ten (10) persons. For all gathering of people, the health officer requires everyone to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local public health officials.
  2. All restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, clubs, and movie theaters in Lyon County, Kansas are hereby ordered closed to the public effective at 8:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020 for 30 days or until further notice, except that any such establishment may continue to provide carryout, drive-through, and delivery food and beverage services. In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local public health officials for social distancing and infection control measures.

Emergency Order of Local – March 19, 2020 (Click here)

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