Riley County issues stay-at-home order effective Sunday

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This afternoon on Facebook, officials in Riley County announced a stay-at-home order that will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

“With full community cooperation, this proactive public health Order No. 3 may minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our Riley County community,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said.

This order supersedes the previous two orders announced by the health department, according the the post.

Unless employed by a necessary business, individuals are only to leave their home for a necessary function, such as grocery shopping or picking up medications from the pharmacy.

Essential employees are not required to carry work documentation.

All public gatherings indoor or outdoors are prohibited.

“Those of us at the EOC have worked very hard the last few days endeavoring to do the right thing for our community,” Riley County Police Department assistant director Kurt Moldrup said. “We have been in regular communication with the MHK COVID-19 Medical Task Force and have sought their advice and have their support. We have also looked at many of the Stay at Home Orders already issued in surrounding communities in an effort to craft one that best fits the needs of Riley County.”

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