Recently, the governor of Kansas introduced Phase I of re-opening the economy; followed later by Phase 1.5. Phase II went into effect last Friday and the next phase goes into effect no earlier than June 8. Phase Out, the last phase won’t go into effect until at least June 22, 2020. These dates can change if things take a turn for the worse. Not sure if they will change if things dramatically improve, but I would expect each county will makes its own decision as the governor has left a lot up to the counties since starting the general phase roll-out.
Yesterday the Sedgwick County Commission meeting decided to modify the governor’s orders. This is a general review – https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/communications/news-releases/sedgwick-county-recommends-following-ad-astra-plan-increase-gatherings-of-up-to-20-people/.
I noticed some news outlets making it sound a lot worse. Compare the Wichita Eagle‘s coverage – https://www.kansas.com/news/coronavirus/article243026511.html. Here is one of the local TV stations, NBC: https://www.ksn.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-kansas/watch-live-sedgwick-county-commissioners-discuss-rules-for-reopening-businesses/ Another local TV station, CBS: https://www.kwch.com/content/news/Decisions-with-reopening-guidelines-now-up-to-individual-KS-counties-570786941.html. This is the ABC channel – https://www.kake.com/story/42181259/sedgwick-county-wont-enforce-covid-restrictions.
Time will tell if this voluntary enforcement works. I know plenty of people who aren’t into following the guidelines. My favorite cafe is going with corporate and maintaining the social distancing. and limiting how many tables and booths are available to use. I know many other restaurant chains are following whatever restrictions are in place from corporate.
For smaller restaurants, bars, and other establishments that don’t have large corporate offices, I think it will depend on the attitude of the leadership as to what they do and don’t allow. A point made in one of the links is nightclubs are less likely to require social distancing.
For myself, I will maintain social distancing until I see how things go. I only go a few places – church services, convenience store, a medium sized chain outlet, and my favorite Internet cafe. I do go to my friends’ house occasionally.