Sedgwick County modifies plan for reopening local economy

Sedgwick County officials have made changes in a plan for reopening the local economy, to reflect the new Phase 1.5 plan that was announced by Governor Kelly.

The governor’s plan is slowing down the economic recovery because the spread of the coronavirus is not showing the downward trajectory that is needed to move fully into Phase 2.   Under the modified plan, barber shops and nail salons will be allowed to reopen for appointments only, and fitness centers can reopen but they cannot have in-person classes and their locker rooms must remain closed.   Tattoo parlors can reopen by appointment.   Ceremonies and public gatherings are still limited to no more than ten people.

County manager Tom Stolz says the county’s plan is available on the web site www.sedgwickcounty.org   He said the goal is to stay in line with the governor’s plan while reopening the county in a way that is safe and protecting the health of county residents.

Stolz says most county facilities are still closed to the public but people who need to do business with the appraiser’s office or other county agencies can do so by email, telephone or appointment.    Stolz said the county is looking at a phased-in approach for reopening the courthouse and other buildings, and a plan will be presented to county commissioners on Wednesday, May 20th.    He said there are also discussions with the 18th Judicial District to look at a date when some limited court functions can reopen.