The Riley County Health Department released a new local health order that will take effect Thursday and will last indefinitely.
The new local order continues some of the existing policies established by the previous order, including gathering size limitations, but institutes some more strict guidance for restaurants and bars.
- Gatherings to be limited to 50 people
- Gatherings that exceed 50 people to have a permit
- Large meeting spaces to remain closed
Specific rules for bars and restaurants include:
- Employee screenings at the start of each shift
- Maintenance of an employee screening log
- Closure of all standing room only areas and all dance floors
- Closing to the public at midnight
- Six feet of distance between seated parties
“Business requirements focus on bars and restaurants because those establishments are high-risk and are still a source of virus spread in the community,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said in a press release. “We want to give them the opportunity to continue providing service in a way that also protects public health.”
On Tuesday, the county added two new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the local total to 428. Recovered cases now surpass active cases with 314 recoveries and 110 current cases.
Businesses with questions about best practices should call the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce at 785-776-8829 or email email@example.com. Additional resources for reopening local businesses are available at regionreimagined.org.
Individuals with symptoms are encouraged to call the screening line at 785-323-6400. The screening line is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. People with non-emergent questions about COVID-19 in Riley County should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be tested in Riley County, individuals must present at least two symptoms of COVID-19. The complete list of known symptoms is available on the health department website.