Health officer plans to close bars in Kansas’ biggest city

A local public health official plans to close bars and restrict restaurant hours in the state’s largest city and the surrounding area until after Labor Day.

Sedgwick County Health Officer, Dr. Garold Minns, is acting because of a surge in reported coronavirus cases over the past six weeks in the county that’s been far worse than the state’s spike.

Minns told the county commission Tuesday that he will issue an order to close bars and nightclubs until Sept. 9 and direct restaurants to close at 10 p.m.

He said he also plans to drop the limit on public gatherings from 45 to 15.