UPDATE FROM THE MAYOR – July 9, 2020
EMERGENCY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER and the 2020 CENSUS
EMERGENCY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER OF THE SEDGWICK COUNTY LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER. On Friday July 10, 2020 an Emergency Public Health Order issued by the Sedgwick County Local Health Officer, Dr. Garold Minns, goes into effect. This Order requires face masks in many situations and adopts Phase 3 of the Plan to reopen Kansas. It shall remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020.
Wearing of Masks or Other Face Coverings
The Order addresses both individual and business/organizational requirements. Please review the Order at the Link. As for the City of Clearwater, the following requirements are in affect as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2020:
A face mask or face covering must be worn;
- By any individual entering a city building (City Hall, Senior Center, Police Department, Fire/EMS building, Library, Aquatic Center entrance, museum, etc., (unless exempt for valid reasons stated in the order).
- By all city employees working in any space visited by the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time (unless exempt for valid reasons stated in the order).
Adoption of Phase 3 of Ad Astra: a Plan to Reopen Kansas.
Please review the document provided for specific guidance to both individual and business for potential restrictions. The specific point made by the Public Health Order was the reinforcement of the 45-Person Limitation on Public Gatherings.
With respect to the Aquatic Center, because the pool is an outdoor activity and it is possible for social distancing to be maintained between families and groups not known to each other, the pool will remain open at this time. To ensure the safety of the public and the city employees please note the following requirements;
- All staff other than the “on duty” life guard (sitting in a tower or otherwise assigned to watch swimmers), will wear a mask or face covering at all times.
- The public must wear a face mask or other face covering when;
- entering or leaving the facility,
- when entering or leaving the restrooms,
- when visiting the concession stand,
- While at the pool when maintaining 6’ social distancing cannot be maintained as set forth in the Order.
- A mask is not required;
- While in the water or when families or groups known to each other can maintain 6’ social distancing from other groups,
- Children ages 5 and under.
- As otherwise exempt for valid reasons stated in the order.
The 2020 Census is still in progress. It is important to participate for the purpose of ensuring our Community gets resources and funding!
You can still respond online by going to 2020census.gov and completing the survey.
Census takers will begin following up in person, at addresses with no response to the census recorded.
What to expect if someone does come to your home.
Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.
If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.
If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response.
If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.
Thank you and please be safe!