Stay-at-Home Order Lift

Aaron Schifman, Writer

Recently, court documents surfaced revealing that Kansas governor, Laura Kelly, will possibly lift the state-wide stay at home order around May 1.  According to WIBW, governor Kelly said that the lifting of the order would come with less restrictive mass gathering provisions. That is not to say that there will not be any regulation of mass gatherings, but ease on those will happen. This report comes from documents that are from a teleconference call with businesses around the state that governor Kelly participated in. The latest that the state will continue to have this order will be May 4. According to the Kansas State website, governor Kelly originally issued the stay at home order in collaboration with Missouri governor Mike Parson, and Kansas City Metro leaders. She has also discussed this issue with Colorado governor Jared Polis in a way to coordinate a plan for the western region of Kansas. Governor Kelly consulted business leaders, health experts, economists and “other industry and community leaders” to determine a path best for Kansas economically and practically.

A focus for the Kelly administration has been publicly stated as trying to expand and increase the testing capacity for Kansas. The logic being that the more tests they can give the faster we can reopen the state with knowledge of who has COVID-19.

The Coronavirus situation in the US is improving, with infections in New York City going down 40% and it would appear as if we might be hitting the apex of infection or nearing it very soon. Once we get on the tail end of this pandemic reopening the country should happen, although precautions will probably need to be made for years to come including something that the Japanese people have been doing for years which is wearing masks when you’re sick. That may be a foreign idea to many of us Americans, but in Japan it is polite to wear a mask while sick with something even if it is just the common cold. This  practice is used for the sake of not infecting a person around you if you have to go out while sick. This might be something to consider in times that the US has never experienced before.