Using the baseline for Governor Laura Kelly's guidelines for reopening, City of Dodge City has also adopted a three-phase plan for the opening of city-owned facilities and operations.

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Using the baseline for Governor Laura Kelly's guidelines for reopening, City of Dodge City has also adopted a three-phase plan for the opening of city-owned facilities and operations.


Currently, city-owned facilities will remain closed during the first phase and operations and services will continue as they were during the statewide stay-at-home order.


“We all need to continue to be cautious and work hard to honor the social distancing and health guidelines,” said City Manager Cherise Tieben. “If numbers of cases keep growing, the 14-day timeline could be pushed out. We need help from all of our citizens to flatten the curve. We all want our lives and our work to be back to normal.”


The first phase began on May 4 and will see a continuation of the operating procedures followed during the Stay-At-Home order.


According to city officials, over 14 days the disease spread must be stable or declining, the number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions must decline, and there must be a downward trajectory of COVID-19 deaths within a 14-day period.


"After the first 14 days, city administration will re-evaluate operations based on the KDHE guidelines or any guidelines the Ford County Commission may enact to assess if phase two will be implemented or postponed," city officials said.


Phase two for the city will not be implemented until May 18 and would see employees returning to their offices and the elimination of the temporary phone lines put in place.


Despite returning to offices however, the city-owned facilities may still remain closed to the public.


If health guidelines are met, city facilities will reopen to the public and commence regular services no earlier than June 1.


If and when reopening to the public takes place, city officials said that, "Protocols will be put in place to ensure that customers can maintain a distance of six-feet from each other, and waiting areas do not become crowded."


As with COVID-19 since the beginning, this plan is subject to change and more information regarding each phase will become available as the phases are anticipated to be implemented.


Residents may call temporary numbers for assistance, and these numbers can be found at www.dodgecity.org.


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