UPDATE: Order keeping religious and funeral gatherings to 10 or less people – overturned

KANSAS – Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order restricting the size of religious gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak has been overturned after the state’s top prosecutor said it likely violates the state constitution. Read the story: Lawmakers overturn religious worship size limits in Kansas

Original story:

Churches and funerals are now limited to 10 people or less at a time in Kansas.

In a briefing today, April 7, 2020, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said at least three instances of COVID-19 community spread have happened in connection with religious gatherings. Governor Kelly says this comprises 25% of the clusters being tracked by KDHE.

Today, she passed an executive order extending a previous order temporarily limiting mass gatherings to include churches, or other religious facilities, and funerals or memorial services. Now, these gatherings are limited to 10 people or less at a time.

The decision was made in consultation with the state’s emergency management team, the state health department and local leaders, according to Kelly.

The Governor clarifies that this does not ban the gatherings from taking place, they just need to be limited to ten people at a time.

You can read the full order here.

KOAM has gathered a list of online resources, including some local churches offering online services or sermons: Online freebies for adults and kids while at home: Education, Fitness, Church, Art and more. If you know of a local church doing the same, you can email the name of the church, location and website link to sstrader@koamtv.com.

 

 

 

 

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