Operations under Governor Laura Kelly's phase 1.5 plans are underway. However, the City of Dodge City made the decision to keep city-owned facilities continuing under phase one of closing for the next two weeks.

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Operations under Gov. Laura Kelly's phase 1.5 plans are underway. However, the City of Dodge City made the decision to keep city-owned facilities continuing under phase one of closing for the next two weeks.


“I want to reiterate that the city’s plan only applies to the city-owned facilities and operations,” said city manager Cherise Tieben. “While we do have the authority to be open as an essential operation, we feel it is in the best interest of our employees and our community to follow the intent and spirit of the Governor’s orders.


"We continue (to) provide almost all of our services that were offered previously; we are simply doing the work in a different fashion.”


During a Friday special Dodge City commission meeting, a recommendation was presented to track COVID-19 numbers locally that will keep the city facilities under phase one of reopening until no earlier than June 1.


All subsequent phases going forward have been pushed back two weeks as well.


Under phase one for the city, employees will remain teleworking to continue to serve residents through temporary phone lines, email and online services.


Public transportation will continue as door-to-door services and operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be limited to three passengers at a time with three vehicles running.


"Rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, and dispatch will require passengers to answer health screening questions at that time," city officials said in a news release. "There will be no charge for these services until the end of June 2020.


"When in the vehicle, passengers will be required to wear a face mask at all times and will be asked to distance themselves as much as possible.


"To allow for proper distancing, the first two rows of seats will be blocked off from use."


Seats will be disinfected after each passenger's destination has been reached and drivers will wear masks and gloves. To schedule a ride for public transportation, call 1-877-323-3626.


More information on facilities and operations for “Why Not Dodge” will be announced at a later date.


For more information in city phase one plans and subsequent plans, visit www.dodgecity.org/ or call 620-225-8100.