Changes to the Shawnee County Emergency Order

Press release

An Emergency Order of Local Health Officer has been issued for Topeka and Shawnee County beginning Friday, November 13 at 12:01 a.m. This public health order is being issued to update definitions and capacity restrictions while continuing to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Shawnee County community. This order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. December 14, 2020 unless renewed, rescinded or superseded by a subsequent order.

Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, Shawnee County Health Officer, has adopted the following changes to the local requirements which can be found on our Shawnee County Health Department website at


  • Mass Gatherings Definition:

o   Reduction of the size of Mass Gatherings to 10 people.

o   Removal of differentiation between indoor and outdoor events


  • Restaurants, Bars and Night Clubs:

o   Updated hours of operation to 6:00AM – 12:00AM for all days of the week.  

o   Added language “Parties sitting at the same table cannot exceed the mass gathering limit” (10 people).

o   Added restaurants to restriction “Bars or restaurants with a maximum capacity set forth by the Fire Marshall of greater than 100 people can only operate at 50% of that capacity”.


  • Personal Services:

o   Removal of the restriction of one customer allowed per service provider in the business at any time.

  • Mass gathering rules still apply (10 employees and clients).


  • Mass Events:

o   Reduction of the size of events to 100 participants or 50% of the total capacity.

o   Added groups of more than 10 people must be separated by 6 feet or more, for a total number of attendees no more than 100.

o   Clarification Mass Events restrictions also apply to weddings and private parties


  • Remote Working:

o   Added section and language – “All employers shall evaluate whether their employees can feasibly work remotely and to the extent reasonable shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home”.