Local health department issues new order, limits gathering sizes to 50

(Illustration by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

The Riley County Health Department issued a press release Tuesday announcing a new order that limits gathering sizes to 50 until June 17, backtracking on the previous order.

Local Health Order No. 12 was issued by local health officer Julie Gibbs and will take effect on Wednesday.

The previous order — which also would have taken effect Wednesday — would have allowed gathering sizes of 100 and increased gathering size to 250 on June 17.

The decision comes after Gov. Laura Kelly said the recommendations of her administration and state health officials is to continue limiting gatherings to 45 people.

“In light of the [Kansas Department of Health and Environment] recommendation, and the increase in cases for Riley County over the weekend, we made the decision to alter the order,” Gibbs said in the release.

Earlier on Tuesday, Riley County documented its second COVID-19 related death. On Monday, the local number of positives rose to 71 following three new positive tests.

Hi there! I'm Julie Freijat. I'm the managing editor of the Collegian. In the past, I've served as an editor on the news and culture desks and worked closely with the multimedia staff. I love science and technology, hate poor movie dialogue and my favorite subreddit is r/truecrime.