Shawnee County Interim Health Officer amends health order


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Shawnee County Interim Health Officer Dr. Dennis Cooley issued an emergency health order Thursday.

The following changes were made to sports and athletic activities:

  • Sports and athletic activities are allowed, subject to the limitations of social distancing and mass gatherings.
  • Spectators of sporting events should follow the mass gathering rules.
  • For team sports, the two teams combined shall be considered as one mass gathering, whose size shall not exceed 25 people. These individuals are included in mass gathering size.
  • For events open to the public, organizers shall enact necessary measures to assure that social distancing and mass gathering rules are applied for the public
  • Bar, concessions and restaurant areas shall meet the same requirements as those not located within the venues.
  • Mask wear is mandatory when not participating in direct competition.

The changes go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

If you have any questions regarding this order, you can email or call (785) 251-4848.

You can read the full health order below.

KSNT News will gather more information about changes to the health order following Thursday morning’s county commission meeting.

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