‘Public health order not voluntary’

Wichita, Kan. (KWCH) – Sedgwick County issued a release Monday to remind residents that public health orders are not voluntary.

The county’s local health officer, Drs. Garold Mins signed the new emergency public health order, which would take effect at 12:01 am on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. It is scheduled to end at midnight on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

“Section III of this order was amended to remove the language stating that the order was voluntary. Any person or organization should follow Sedgwick County’s order, ”said the county.

As of Monday, Section III reads:Legitimate orders and voluntary compliance. This order is a validly issued order for KSA 65-202 and KSA 65-119 (A). The purpose of this order is to voluntarily follow public health best practices for residents and organizations within Sedgwick County to achieve a community-based approach to combating the spread of Sedwick-19. Unlike the limits established by the Kansas law granting authorization for this order, it cannot be enforced through criminal charges, fines or civil penalties. However, it is a “public health directive”, identified within Section 9 of the Special Session House Bill No. 2016 of 2020. Any criminal enforcement that may be authorized to follow the ordinances of a city shall remain unaffected by this order. “

Will be asked to update the order on Tuesday, “Section III. Valid order The order is a duly issued order KSA 65-202 and KSA 65-119 (a), and also a “public health directive” within section 9 of Special Session House Bill No. 2016 of 2020. Individuals and organizations with Sedgwick require the county to comply with this order. “

The county states that Drs. Mins will continue to review and monitor COVID-19 trends in the community and will consider lifting the restrictions.

“Our community toolbox includes wearing masks, social distance and good hand hygiene, as the best way for the community to slow the spread of COVID19 and protect each other,” the county said.

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