A modified Phase Two of state reopening plan begins Friday

Governor Laura Kelly says a modified version of Phase Two of the state reopening plan will be allowed to begin on Friday, May 22.

The governor says mass gatherings will be limited to 15 or fewer people, a slight increase from the current 10 under the 1.5 plan that began this week.  All businesses slated to open under the plan will be allowed to reopen, with the exception of bars, nightclubs, and swimming pools.

The governor says due to social distancing still needing to be enforced, it is still too difficult for those businesses to prevent close contact between patrons.  Bowling alleys, arcades, and trampoline parks will be allowed to open, as well as state-owned casinos, as long as they follow guidelines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Also beginning Friday, sports practices will be allowed to resume as long as they follow guidelines provided by the Kansas Recreation Park Association.  Summer camps will not be allowed to open unless they are part of state-licensed daycare.

Large entertainment venues with a capacity of 2,000 or more will not be allowed to open and fairs, festivals, and parades will still not be allowed.  Provided there are no issues with Phase Two, Phase Three is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 8th where gatherings will be limited to 45 people or less.