Among other changes, Denver restaurants may now offer indoor dining at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. Wichita Eisenhower National Airport needs your vo... tes to become one of USA TODAY's 10 Best Small Airports. The bars and clubs violating the health order and the mask requirement risk losing their city liquor license, he said. "I think at that point, through August, September, October, we saw us get tired of it all as a community. China hits city of 11 million with tight restrictions as more than 100 COVID cases discovered. There's more on the line than just bragging rights. "I think that it’s not so much the cost, but just knowing that there is a mechanism for compliance that’s important, that there’s a penalty. Wichita will continue to follow Sedgwick County’s Emergency Public Health Order which requires residents to continue to use masks in all public places, including all City of Wichita facilities. The city’s approach for bars violating the curfew so far has been to document what clubs aren’t complying and sending it to the county manager and the Sedgwick County Health Department, Whipple said. The city also has anti-nuisance laws that could be invoked to close bars that aren’t complying, he said. Don't let our airport slip out of the top 10! The order passed last week tightens restrictions on certain businesses and mass gatherings, and it requires masks in most public spaces. … WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita City Council is diverting COVID-19 grant funding that had been intended for hiring a pandemic-control officer and is instead using it to lease software that ensures police officers don’t cheat on their training. On Friday night, a contingent of police officers observed the Old Town revelry, but didn’t try to intervene. Request for Proposals for Century II. "My concern isn’t where we are today, per se. But businesses lose that immunity if they don’t follow health orders, leaving themselves open to potentially costly litigation, Stolz said. The Wichita City Council voted 5-2 during a special meeting Thursday to consent to enforcement and sign an agreement with the county about what that enforcement would look like. In his own case, the club is the only means of support for him, his fiancee and their 2-year-old daughter. Voloch says the regional hospital has 115 COVID-19 patients, about half of whom are in the intensive care unit. They’ve already had to sell the home they had built four years ago and move into a cheaper house they bought out of foreclosure and Greiving said he’s been spending his days replacing the flooring. "So it’s a matter of us being in the support role.". When he issued the order, county Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns said bars and clubs are particularly prone to spread coronavirus because they attract crowds who stay and socialize for hours at a time and/or flit from bar to bar in the course of a night. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “Packing as many people as possible together without a mask or social distancing in the middle of the worst pandemic in 100 years is basically the opposite of that.”, Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com. Nadya Faul / KMUW/File photo. She doesn't want to see hospitals overwhelmed with Covid patients in the New Year and says she would support the re-introduction of restrictions, if that was required. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China since the outbreak first started in the city of Wuhan in late 2019 now stands at 87,278, while … “At this point, we’re just kind of monitoring,” said the officer in charge, Sgt. City officials said the change is being made in accordance with new statewide measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which took effect on Saturday. He thinks the possible $500 penalty could be enought of a deterrent. "The message that this is serious, that we as a community need to take it serious, and in doing so there’s a possible fine I think also resonates.". He said his club has been unable to tap into federal emergency relief programs that have propped up other businesses through the pandemic and the county commission didn’t pass a proposal to put aside $5 million of its near $100 million federal COVID grant to help struggling bars and nightclubs. “But we’re not going to beat this virus if we don’t take it serious and follow our health orders and mask ordinance.”. Juneau-Douglas City Museum; Alaska State Museum; Juneau Area State Parks; Mendenhall Glacier; State Cabins; Federal Cabins; Juneau Weather; Contact. Someone reported that to the county and Minns sent the business a letter warning of the potential consequences of violating his order. To read the new Clearance Procedures for COVID-19 click here: Clearance Procedures as of December 8, 2020 Vaccine Information (as of January 16, 2021) The Wichita Falls – Wichita County Public Health District has been notified from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that they are scheduled to receive 1,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine sometime this coming week that … HELENA, Mont. Legislators must meet in capital city—not necessarily the Capitol. In early June, the Legislature granted businesses blanket immunity from lawsuits if their patrons or employees get COVID. And although the Legislature changed violations of health orders from a criminal to a civil matter, Stolz said the county can still take actions to gain compliance. Though most of us feel fine, it is of the utmost importance that we emphasize prevention and community mitigation in order to prevent and slow the spread of the virus in our community. It also lays out possible penalties for violations, the first time the county has adopted enforcement measures. The City and Borough of Sitka is closely monitoring the Novel Corona Virus 2019 or COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 was urged to see a health provider, the letter said. Drexel Hall says they weren't surprised at Mayor Quinton Lucas' new COVID-19 restrictions which didn't include event spaces, but they're hoping for future funding opportunities from the city. CHICAGO -- City officials cited 10 businesses and a residence over the weekend for violating COVID-19 restrictions by allowing indoor dining or … Matthew Hall. By Brandon Giesey. If you want to go out and party after the 11 p.m. coronavirus curfew, it's not hard to find a place to do it in Wichita. Wichita hospitals are so overloaded with COVID-19 patients that some are being held in emergency rooms while waiting for beds to open up, according to the county’s top public health official. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that he is removing existing health mandates issued by his predecessor, saying the restrictions are harmful to the state’s businesses. He said Wesley has already had to stop accepting patients from other states. If you want to go out and party after the 11 p.m. coronavirus curfew, it’s not hard to find a place to do it in Wichita. Kansas Gov. He said he saw posts on social media of large crowds packed inside bars with no social distancing or masks. He said even with the hospital’s surge plan in place, it’s "overrun with COVID. "I am very concerned about what we’re seeing and very concerned about where we will be by the end of the year given the trajectory that we’re seeing in the community.". Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Lockdown: Tougher Covid restrictions on horizon, ministers warn Poppy Wood Current lockdown restrictions are not as severe as the first lockdown in … He said the city has known about bars operating past the curfew since last weekend. Also, Minns, as the county health officer, has the authority to order a business to shut down as a threat to public health, Stolz said. The city plans to set up a hotline for residents to call to report violations. The business also has been serving with disposable cups. Neither the county nor the city have issued any citations or taken official action on violations since the pandemic came to the area. It is important that the City continue… In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the area, Sedgwick County is tightening restrictions on bars, restaurants and businesses that draw large crowds. And we let our guard down.". Both levels of local government have concentrated on education and persuasion to gain compliance. The county could file for an injunction against businesses that defy the order and get a court order for them to comply, he said. “To have a liquor license, they have to show they are going above and beyond from a health and safety standpoint,” he said. Coronavirus (COVID-19) The City of Wichita is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of those who visit and work in City facilities and is committed to doing its part to limit the potential impact of the Coronavirus. One of the few owners who did speak at length with The Eagle, Darren Greiving of the Blu Night Club in west Wichita, said staying open late has become a matter of economic survival. "We were able to get compliance just with that," he said. “The order does say 11 o’clock and as long as the order is out there, they ought to comply with the order.”. Fernando Salazar / Wichita Journalism Collaborative, order passed last week tightens restrictions, the need for more restrictions and community compliance, With Kansas Hospitals Reeling, Governor Makes Second Push To Tame Coronavirus With Masks, Wichita Mayor: City Will Enforce New County Health Order, Sedgwick County Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions, Adds Fine For Violations, 89.1 Wichita Public Radio | 121 N. Mead, Ste. City relaxes health restrictions as COVID risk declines. “Most of the bars are still open late,” he said. That information would be put into a report and passed up the chain of command for city management to decide how to proceed, he said. Inside the clubs and on patios adjacent, patrons didn’t appear to be paying attention to social distancing advice and masks were seldom seen except on the wait staff. Cities in Sedgwick County must agree to allow enforcement within their boundaries. MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another high for its daily increase in coronavirus cases, with 14,395 newly confirmed infections and a near-record of 1,314 more deaths. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Biden, Harris to speak from Lincoln Memorial about lives lost to COVID-19. City Mask Ordinance Expires. That action would be at the discretion of the County Commission. (AP) — Montana Gov. The defiant bars and clubs also are on the city of Wichita’s radar, Mayor Brandon Whipple said. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple says the city will take action against businesses that openly defy a new county health order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. de Villa’s recommendations come as the city sees its COVID-19 numbers going […] The City of Wichita’s mask ordinance has expired and is no longer in effect. "And that letter is, 'Hey, just so you know, we had complaints of this and that, we want you to do well, we want you to obviously not have to pay a fine, not get in trouble, not get media attention,'" Whipple said. Masks are still required, but larger gatherings are allowed. We did a great job," Wesley Medical Center CEO Bill Voloch told City Council members. “Nobody wants anyone to get sick or anything,” he said. ZURICH (AP) — Coronavirus restrictions … If this is the top of the spike, great," he said. Coronavirus and its restrictions return to Beijing after outbreak at market. And that was exactly the scene in Old Town and clubs scattered around the city Friday. LETHBRIDGE -- Roughly 50 people gathered in front of Lethbridge city hall on Tuesday to once again protest ongoing health restrictions. Read the press release below for additional details. By IRIS SAMUELS January 14, 2021 GMT. The club had posted on its Facebook page that it was returning to its regular hours and would be open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Calls to bars that were open late mostly resulted in no answer, no comment or hang-ups when reporters called from The Eagle. The Wichita police and fire departments and other agencies that handle code enforcement will help identify and investigate violations, Layton said. Hall said the officers were noting which clubs were open after curfew and whether they were complying with other health and safety requirements. Connect with City Hall; Employee Directory; Assembly; City Manager; Employment Opportunities; Social Media; Home; COVID-19. So far, the county and the city of Wichita have taken a light hand on enforcing the county’s health order and a similar city ordinance that requires protective facemasks in most public-facing businesses and shared employee workspaces. Covid-19 could be with us for next two to four years, one of China's leading experts warns . By Nadya Faulx • Nov 19, 2020. News Release November 10, 2020 Today, the Medical Officer of Health announced a number of public health measures to be introduced when the City of Toronto is moved by the Province of Ontario into the provincial COVID-19 response framework on November 14. Wichita, Kansas Mayor Brandon Whipple has revealed a man was placed under arrest on suspicion of plotting to kidnap and kill the politician over frustrations with Covid-19 restrictions across the city. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. "We did a really great job back in June and July of slowing the spike. Author: Associated Press Publish date: Jan 15, 2021. County Commissioners said they’ve heard about the widespread violations of Minns’ curfew and will probably have to take action if things don’t change. Auckland City Pulls Out of FIFA Club World Cup Due to Coronavirus Restrictions. I think today we’re handling it OK. "The primary enforcement responsibility falls on the county," City Manager Robert Layton said. Winning this recognition will help Wichita increase tourism by attracting future conventions and sporting events when the timing is right. Laura Kelly is again pressing a statewide mask requirement to tame a coronavirus surge that has filled the state’s intensive care beds and left at least one major hospital caring for patients in hallways. Based on the current spike, Voloch said, the hospital is projecting between 195 and 200 COVID-19 patients by the end of the year, without the resources to care for them all. The penalty for violations was $25. Governor Jared Polis on Jan. 4, 2021, eased public health restrictions in Denver by moving the county back to Level Orange on the state’s COVID-19 dial due to a sustained decline in cases of the novel coronavirus. It also said people could develop the illness five to seven days after exposure, but it … Watch City of Edmonton reacts to Alberta extending COVID-19 restrictions to Jan. 21 Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca Blu has enforced other requirements of Minns’ order and the city’s ordinance, including a 50-percent capacity limit, social distancing and the mask mandate, which requires masks except when patrons are actively eating or drinking. Montana governor relaxes COVID-19 restrictions on businesses. Commissioner Jim Howell, who has frequently argued for looser restrictions on businesses, said he disagrees with the curfew and would lift it if he could get two other commissioners to agree. Wichita Agrees To Help Enforce Sedgwick County's Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions. Gianforte, a Republican, said his goal is to move away from specific mandates and … “I get it that bars and their employees need to make money, and this has been a tough time,” he said. By Dion Lefler and Chance Swaim, The Wichita Eagle, As bars across Wichita ignore COVID curfew, county warns of consequences. City and county leaders prepare for looser COVID-19 restrictions. ST. LOUIS — St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson said COVID-19 restrictions in the city will remain in place "for a while" on Monday. “If we can do our part, we will,” he said. The new, stricter health measures come as coronavirus cases spike in the area: Sedgwick County reported 411 new cases on Thursday, and the positive test rate was 23.7%, more than four times as high as it was two months ago. Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 8:21 PM CST ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - As some COVID-19 metrics trend in … “It is what it is,” Howell said. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said at a briefing after Thursday’s council meeting that his hope is to send a letter to businesses reported for violations. Updated on: January 6, 2021 / 8:31 AM / CBS/AFP The event was organized by … The clubs were rockin’ and they were packed with people ready to partay despite the threat of COVID-19, a disease that’s infected more than 7,400 county residents so far and caused 63 deaths as of Friday. Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked on Friday evening and could face a charge of a criminal threat over a series of text messages threatening the mayor. Currently, ICT is #9 in the ranking. City Probing Gibsons for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions After Fire Forces Evacuation. by Peter Segall; Monday, January 11, 2021 5:28pm; News Coronavirus … Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. After getting that warning, the bar decided to comply and shut down at 11 p.m. Alan Hsu, one of the owners, said he wasn’t happy about that and that they felt they’d been singled out for attention. In some cases, they go beyond the requirements, he said. Top health leaders at both Wesley and Ascension Via Christi have spoken in recent weeks about the need for more restrictions and community compliance to curb the spread, particularly as the holidays approach. Get more information. ", "We are at that point where we are unable to take on much more.". Beyond the potential health implications, County Manager Tom Stolz said bar and club owners are taking a serious business risk in defying Minns’ order. But he said he’s “a law and order guy” and Minns’ order is legally valid. For example, the fruit for drinks is washed with gloved hands when it arrives and then cut up using a new set of gloves. “Our livelihoods have been taken away from us for over half this year,” he said. Whipple said the city only sent out a few warning letters to enforce its own mask mandate, which expired last month. The city of Wichita said it will work with Sedgwick County to enforce the county’s new public health order. 200 | Wichita, KS 67202 | (316) 978-6789. 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