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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Governor issues temporary, statewide Stay Home order beginning March 30

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As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, today Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-16, making Kansas the 22nd state in the nation to institute a temporary, statewide stay-home order. It will exist in conjunction with the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts and will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The measure will be in place at least until Sunday, April 19.

“Our modeling continues to suggest that the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases in Kansas could reach as high as 900 over the next week,” Kelly said. “While I left these decisions to local health departments as long as possible, the reality is that the patchwork approach that has developed is inconsistent and is a recipe for chaos and, ultimately, for failure in our statewide fight to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Douglas County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino issued a Stay-at-Home Order for the county that took effect March 24 until April 23. The Governor’s order will supersede it when it takes effect on March 30.

Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-16, Kansans are directed to stay home unless performing one of the following essential activities:

  • Obtaining food, medicine and other household necessities;
  • Going to and from work at a business or organization performing an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework;
  • Seeking medical care;
  • Caring for children, family members or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location;
  • Engaging in an outdoor activity, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size.

“I know this is hard, and I can’t tell you how much I wish it weren’t necessary,” Kelly said. “But we have a small window to ensure that Kansas does not suffer the same terrible fate of other hard-hit states like New York and Missouri. We’ve all got to do our part to help stop the spread of the disease. Stay home. Stay Safe.”

In a public address to Kansans on Saturday morning, Kelly explained that this action became necessary for three key reasons:

  • To provide statewide uniformity in response efforts;
  • To prevent overwhelming hospitals – especially rural hospitals – who may not have the same capacity to handle an influx of COVID-19 patients;
  • To buy Kansas more time as the state officials work with federal partners to secure badly needed protective personal equipment (PPE), additional ventilators and COVID-19 testing supplies.

Kelly also commended federal efforts in recent days to support state and local response efforts in the form of an historic emergency relief package. More details about implications the federal stimulus bill will have for Kansas will be released as they become available.

The executive order can be viewed here.

Please visit or for additional virus-related information, and visit for federal stimulus benefits updates or to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Individuals or entities who are uncertain whether they perform functions exempted from the prohibitions of this order may email to determine whether their functions are deemed essential.

Kansas Essential Function Framework


1.         Operate Core Information Technology Networks

2.         Provide Cable Access Network Services

3.         Provide Internet Based Content Information and Communication Services

4.         Provide Internet Routing, Access, and Connection Services

a.         Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

5.         Provide Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services

6.         Provide Radio Broadcast Access Network Services (includes Traditional Television)

7.         Provide Satellite Access Network Services

8.         Provide Wireless Access Network Services

9.         Provide Wireline Access Network Services


1.         Distribute Electricity

2.         Maintain Supply Chains for Essential Functions and Critical Infrastructure (as defined by DHS)

3.         Transmit Electricity

4.         Transport Cargo and Passengers by Air

a.         Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain aircraft or aircraft parts

5.         Transport Cargo and Passengers by Rail

a.         Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain trains or train parts

6.         Transport Cargo and Passengers by Road

a.         Operate or maintain gas stations and associated convenience stores and restaurants (but only as allowed in KEFF 400.6.b)

b.         Deliver mail, packages, food, groceries, beverages, or other cargo (this applies to transportation by air, rail or vessel as well)

c.         Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain automobiles or automobile parts

d.         Transport farm equipment, supplies, seed, and personnel to farming operations

7.         Transport Cargo and Passengers by Vessel

a.         Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain cargo or passenger vessels or parts for such vessels

8.         Transport Materials by Pipeline

9.         Transport Passengers by Mass Transit


1.         1.         Conduct Elections

2.         Operate Media Outlets

3.         Develop and Maintain Public Works and Support Services for Essential Functions

4.         Educate and Train Essential Functions Personnel

5.         Enforce Law

6.         Maintain Access to Medical Records

7.         Manage Hazardous Materials and Waste

8.         Manage Wastewater

9.         Operate Government

a.         Perform government contracts

b.         Operate public and private schools to the extent allowed by other executive orders, including Executive Order 20-07, and under direction of the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and Kansas Board of Regents.

c.         Perform the essential operations of State, county, and municipal governments

d.         Operate State Constitutional offices

10.       Perform Cyber Incident Management Capabilities

11.       Prepare for and Manage Emergencies

a.         Manage or operate planning, cleanup, or other emergency responses, including private entities.

12.       Preserve Constitutional or Legal Rights

a.         Manufacture or sell firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition

b.         Perform or attend religious or faith-based services or activities

c.         Perform legal services

13.       Protect Sensitive Information

14.       Provide and Maintain Critical Infrastructure

a.         Construct or repair roads

b.         Construct, maintain, or clean buildings

c.         Produce or distribute construction materials

d.         Maintain specialized manufacturing or industrial equipment

15.       Provide Capital Markets and Investment Activities

a.         Perform accounting services

16.       Provide Consumer and Commercial Banking Services

17.       Provide Funding and Liquidity Services

18.       Provide Identity Management and Associated Trust Support Services

19.       Provide Insurance Services

20.       Provide Medical Care and Services, Including Mortuary Services

a.         Provide pharmaceutical services

b.         Provide funeral or memorial services

21.       Provide Payment, Clearing and Settlement Services

22.       Provide Public Safety

23.       Provide Wholesale Funding

24.       Store Fuel and Maintain Reserves

25.       Support Community Health and Mental Health Services

a.         Operate laundry services


1.         Exploration and Extraction of Fuels

2.         Fuel Refining and Processing Fuels

a.         Produce or deliver propane or natural gas

3.         Generate Electricity

4.         Manufacture Equipment Used for Essential Functions or Critical Infrastructure (as defined by DHS)

5.         Produce and Provide Agricultural Products and Services

a.         Manufacture or maintain agricultural equipment

b.         Manufacture or distribute agricultural supplies such as seeds and chemicals

c.         Raise, process, or distribute poultry, livestock, or other animals for human consumption

d.         Prepare, till, plant, maintain, or harvest grains, fruits, or vegetables

6.         Produce and Provide Human and Animal Food Products and Services

a.         Manufacture or process food or food products

b.         Prepare or serve meals for takeout or delivery

c.         Sell groceries, including alcoholic beverages (not for on-site consumption)

7.         Produce Chemicals

8.         Provide Metals and Materials

9.         Provide Housing

a.         Operate or maintain rental property

b.         Operate or maintain student housing

c.         Operate or maintain long-term care or senior living facilities

d.         Construct, supply, clean, or maintain single family homes or other housing

e.         Provide real estate services

f.          Operate or maintain housing shelters or charities

g.         Operate or maintain animal shelters

h.         Operate or maintain hotels or motels

10.       Provide Information Technology Products and Services

11.       Provide Material and Operational Support to Defense

12.       Research and Development