Gov. Kelly issues executive order to limit church gatherings, funerals


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order to limit religious gatherings and funerals at a briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Kelly said 25% of coronavirus outbreaks in Kansas are tied to religious gatherings.

“As Holy Week gets underway – and with Kansas rapidly approaching its projected ‘peak’ infection rate in the coming weeks – the risk for a spike in COVID-19 cases through church gatherings is especially dangerous,” Kelly said. “This was a difficult decision and not one I was hoping to have to make But I’ve said repeatedly during this crisis that we will adjust to circumstances as they develop to make sure we do everything we can to protect Kansans.”

This order adds on to the already existing stay-at-home order which previously exempted church gatherings and funerals. There can be no more than 10 people in any given area, according to Gov. Kelly. She also said appropriate distancing needs to be in place.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. Wednesday.

The update came after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced a total of 900 cases of coronavirus and 27 deaths statewide.

View a county-by-county breakdown of coronavirus in Kansas.

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