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Corona Virus Information

Mask Mandate

On November 18, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly singed Executive Order 20-68 establishing face covering protocols. The Executive Order becomes effective on November 25, 2020, and outlines the situations in which face coverings are to be utilized. The full text of the order is available at https://governor.kansas.gov/executive-order-no-20-68/

Reopening Barber County

Barber County is in Phase 3 of the Governor’s Ad Astra Plan to repoen Kansas. Barber County Commissioners retain the authority to impose any additional restrictions on activities and venues if an outbreak should occur. (Updated September 1, 2020)

For more information on the Ad Astra Plan, click here

For up-to-date information on local reopening guidelines, visit the Barber County Emergency Management webpage here.

Questions, answers about Statewide Stay at Home Order

April 1, 2020

We understand that there are questions about Statewide stay at home order, so the City has created this page as a resource.

A copy of Executive Order 20-16 by Governor Laura Kelly is available here to answer your questions. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the top questions we have heard.

Will grocery stores and liquor stores remain open?

Yes, as long as people do not congregate and stores adhere to the guidance on social distancing.

Can I go outside, take a walk or a run, walk my dog, spend time in a park or trail? 

Yes.

Engaging in outdoor activity is allowed, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size. The use of parks and other public areas are permitted. However, the use of playground equipment is discouraged. The restrooms will also be closed until futher notice. 

Can I visit a grandchild, check on an elderly parent or neighbor?

Yes.

Caring for children (including daycare or childcare centers), family members, or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location is allowed. Additionally, the Governor’s Order does not prohibit private gatherings of family members.  

I work in an oil or gas-related job am I essential? 

 Yes. 

Activities associated with exploration, extraction, processing, refining, and delivery of fuels are generally considered essential under Executive order 20-16. 

If you have questions about whether you or your firm are essential, you may fill out an essential function determination request here or email KEFF@ks.gov to determine whether their functions are deemed essential.

I work in farming, ranching, or agricultural industry profession am I essential? 

 Yes. 

Activities associated with production of agricultural products and services, human and animal food products and services, the sale, maintenance, and repair of production equipment, and the transportation of agricultural machinery, supplies, seeds, and personnel are generally considered essential under Executive order 20-16. 

If you have questions about whether you or your firm are essential, you may fill out an essential function determination request here or email KEFF@ks.gov to determine whether their functions are deemed essential

How do I determine if my business and employees are considered essential?

The text of the Executive Order 20-16 is available here. If you still have questions about whether you or your firm are essential, you may fill out an essential function determination request here or email KEFF@ks.gov to determine whether their functions are deemed essential.

As an essential worker, do I need an official letter or badge showing that I am allowed to go to work or be outside my home?

No.

Badges and letters are not needed. It is not our intent at this time for people to be cited by law enforcement as they move around the City. We trust our residents to follow the order and will be out of their homes for permitted reasons. We are encouraging people to stay at home unless they need to perform an essential service or have a job with a critical function or business that cannot be done from home.

Can I run, work at, or frequent a specific business, company, or service during this stay at home order?

We would refer you to the Governor’s stay at home order to see all of the services and activities that are deemed essential.If you have questions about whether you or your firm are essential, you may fill out an essential function determination request here or email KEFF@ks.gov to determine whether their functions are deemed essential

We understand there are many questions about which businesses are staying open or or closing. We ask that you please check back periodically, review the order, and see if it answers your question. 

The Governor’s Office is also compling a list questions and answers related to the stay at home order, which can be accessed at here.  

Questions, answers about Barber County’s Emergency Public Health Order

March 27, 2020

A copy of the Emergency Public Health Order by the County Public Health Officer is available here to answer your questions. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the top questions we have heard.

Will grocery stores and liquor stores remain open?

Yes, as long as people do not congregate and stores adhere to the guidance on social distancing.

Can I go outside, take a walk or a run, walk my dog, spend time in a park or trail? Can I visit a grandchild, check on an elderly parent or neighbor?

Yes.

All of those activities are allowed under Barber County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing. Use of parks and other public areas are permitted. However, use of playground equipment is discouraged.

As an essential worker, do I need an official letter or badge showing that I am allowed to go to work or be outside my home?

No.

Badges and letters are not needed. It is not our intent at this time for people to be cited by law enforcement as they move around the city. We trust our residents to follow the order and will be out of their homes for permitted reasons. We are encouraging people to stay at home unless they need to perform an essential service or have a job with an essential service or business that cannot be done from home.

Can I run, work at or frequent a specific business, company or service during this stay at home order?

We would refer you to Barber County’s stay at home order to see all of the services and activities that are deemed “essential.”

We understand there are many questions about which businesses are staying open or or closing. We ask that you please check back periodically, review the order and see if it answers your question. If you still have questions please contact the Public Health Department 620.886.3294

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