A number of Wichita bars and nightclubs have been ignoring town’s 11 p.m. coronavirus curfew, with one proprietor saying he has to do it for his enterprise to outlive.
Metropolis and county officers say the venues which have been flouting the curfew put in place by Sedgwick County well being officers might lose their liquor licenses and expose themselves to lawsuits if their patrons or staff get sick.
Among the many well-known bars that ignored the curfew Friday evening have been Heroes, Emerson Biggins, Revolution, 6 Levels and Rock Island Dwell.
Darren Greiving, the proprietor of the Blu Evening Membership in western Wichita, stated staying open late is essential to his enterprise’ financial survival.
“Our livelihoods have been taken away from us for over half this 12 months,” he stated.
County Supervisor Tom Stolz stated companies that ignore the curfew might lose the authorized immunity from coronavirus lawsuits that state lawmakers granted them earlier this 12 months. The county might apply for a court docket order forcing companies to adjust to the curfew, although officers have taken a lenient strategy to imposing it to date.
So far, metropolis and county officers haven’t issued any citations associated to the curfew or a metropolis masks requirement.
Kansas well being officers have reported 48,386 confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 511 deaths from the illness because the begin of the pandemic. The seven-day rolling common of day by day new instances in Kansas decreased over the previous two weeks, going from roughly 599 new instances per day on Aug. 29 to roughly 452 per day on Sept. 12. In Sedgwick County, which is dwelling to Wichita State College, 7,839 confirmed instances of COVID-19 have been reported.
On Friday evening, police famous the Wichita bars ignoring the curfew however didn’t intervene. The officer in command of the operation, Sgt. Matthew Corridor, stated police have been compiling data on potential violations of well being guidelines right into a report for metropolis officers to overview.
Mayor Brandon Whipple stated it’s essential for bars to adjust to the curfew.
“I get it that bars and their staff have to make cash, and this has been a tricky time,” he stated. “However we’re not going to beat this virus if we don’t take it severe and observe our well being orders and masks ordinance.”