Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitals getting overwhelmed with COVID, Sedgwick County's Local Health Officer Garold Minns issued a new more restrictive local health order to reduce the spread in the community. This order will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, November 11 to 11:59 p.m., Thursday, December 31.
- Mass gatherings will now be capped at 100 people or 50 percent of the fire code capacity, whichever is less (must maintain 6 feet of distance);
- Mass gatherings apply to restaurants, bars and night clubs, and fitness and health centers;
- Bars, night clubs, and other businesses licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption can stay open until 11 p.m.;
- Bars, night clubs, and other businesses are able to operate at with 100 patrons or 50 percent of the fire code capacity, whichever is less;
- Bars, night clubs, and other businesses may continue carryout and curbside services past midnight;
- Restaurants may seat parties of no more than eight people;
- Retail stores are not considered mass gatherings however these entities are limited to 50 percent of fire code capacity; and
- Large venues (2,000 plus people) where 50 percent of the fire code capacity is still a large number and social distancing is possible must have approval from Dr. Minns to host events.
An enforcement mechanism was adopted by the Commissioners which allows city police departments and city officials to partner with Sedgwick County to require businesses to follow the order. City Council is expected to meet on Tuesday, November 17th to discuss this mechanism and partnership in more detail.
More information including exemptions to the order can be found here: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/.../emergency-public.../.
Bel Aire City Council issued a Resolution strongly encouraging individuals to wear masks or other face coverings in public spaces. The resolution can be viewed at https://www.belaireks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9217/R-20-09-Masks-or-Other-Face-Coverings-in-Public.
Due to the State’s transition to a modified Phase Two of reopening with the exception of swimming pools, there has been an updated date for the opening of the CIty pool. It is now tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 8th.
City Council approves Reopening Plan at last night’s City Council meeting. Here are those highlights:
- City Hall will reopen on May 26th in order to allow City staff time to get proper social distancing protections in place. New hours of operation will be Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- The Recreation Center will open June 1st offering recreation and senior activities that are able to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information about those activities and programs, call 744-2700.
- The City pool is scheduled to open June 1st with the requirements that staffing and social distancing guidelines are able to be met.
- The Senior Center will open June 15th in order to keep it a safe place for scheduled activities for our seniors.
- The City Council will meet virtually for a workshop on May 12th but then resume meeting at City Hall starting May 19th.
- The city brush site will open May 9th. City staff is not allowed to assist with unloading or loading materials in order to maintain social distancing guidelines.
We encourage utilizing methods such as the City website, e-mail, phone, U.S. mail, and dropbox to complete City services. If you do come in to complete a service, please follow the social distancing guidelines of wearing a mask and maintaining that six’ or more. For additional questions regarding City services and reopening, please call 744-2451.
Gov. Laura Kelly released a phased plan to reopen the state.
Gov. Laura Kelly extends stay at home order to May 3rd.
The City’s annual citywide spring clean-up has unfortunately been postponed until further notice by Waste Connections. We will post details about a new date as soon as we know more information. We know many residents were looking forward to this and we thank you for your understanding we work with our partners like Waste Connections to continue providing as many services as possible.
All trash and recycling services with Waste Connections are operating as normal.
Due to the Governor’s stay at home order and wanting to keep our citizens safe, public comments can be done in 2 ways:
- Emailing email@example.com (must be provided two hours before the meeting)
- Mailing City Hall (must be received on or before the day of the meeting)
Please be sure to clearly state that it is for public comment and include your full name and address. The City Clerk will read these comments during the Citizens Concerns segment of the meeting not to exceed 15 minutes.
The City brush site will not be opening on April 11th as regularly scheduled. We will continue to share information concerning future dates of the brush site as they get closer.
Effective March 25th at 12:01 a.m., Sedgwick County has issued a stay at home order to remain in effect for 30 days, April 23, 2020 unless sooner amended superseded, or rescinded. If you have questions about the Stay at Home order, check out the frequently asked questions page, call, or email: 316-660-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org from Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In an effort to maintain social distancing and do what we can do to reduce the spread of the novel COVID-19, City buildings have been temporarily closed effective March 18th. City services will remain operational by phone or e-mail. Please see below for more details specific to what you may need.
During this time, the City has suspended utility disconnects and waived online utility convenience fees.
The Police Department will be reducing a few non-essential services. However, they will continue to provide all essential law enforcement services to the public. If you are in need of police service, call 911.
We will continue to monitor the situation in order to best serve you as well as keep our employees safe.
Due to the Sedgwick County public gathering ban limiting public gatherings of no more than 50 people, the Recreation Center will be postponing indoor soccer at this time. More information will be shared with participants when details have been determined.
Due to Sedgwick County’s public gathering ban limiting public gatherings of no more than 250 people, the City is canceling the Spring Festival scheduled for April 4th.
Due to ongoing concerns regarding a potential outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (the FLU) virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of concerns. First and foremost, we want to maintain a safe workplace and encourage practices protecting the health of employees, customers, visitors or others. We also want to ensure the continuity of operations in the event of a pandemic.
We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are encouraged to follow these guidelines:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Implement an end-of-day routine cleaning phones, keyboards, and workstation.
The City is limiting the number of group activities and public interactions that can be postponed at this time. All Bel Aire sponsored senior events are canceled until further notice per CDC advisement as seniors have been identified as a particularly vulnerable group. For groups that still continue to meet at City Hall, we are reminding them to take precautions or consider rescheduling if members are sick. The City is coordinating with our cleaning company to take extra cleaning measures for high frequent touch and high traffic areas.
Please remember it is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
We appreciate everyone following these steps and will continue to update staff and the public with additional information concerning City activities.
For any concerns or questions about City services and activities, please contact Tristin Terhune, Director of Human Resources and Communications.
For more information regarding the novel COVID-19, at http://www.kdheks.gov/ or https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/ .