Business Guidelines

Local Health Order No. 19

For purposes of this Order No. 19, all businesses and locations are required to take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Recommended Business Practices as published by the Centers for Disease Control and industry-specific guidance by trade groups. Nothing in this order shall be interpreted to require that any business or location open if they choose not to.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), May 2020

Order #19 Guidance for Businesses and Employers


Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines from the CDC

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces 
  • When EPA-approved disinfectants are not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions). Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together.

Cleaning Guidelines if Exposed to Positive Patient

  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
  • Companies do not necessarily need to close operations, if they can close off affected areas.
  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect.

Screening Employees for Symptoms

Employers should ask employees about symptoms and travel before each shift. 

If you answer “Yes” to a combination of two or more of any of the following, please notify your supervisor and leave work immediately: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, runny nose, head/ body aches, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, sudden loss of taste or smell, diarrhea.

    Temperature: 100.4 is an automatic “Leave Work.”

If temperature is 99.2 or higher, but less than 100: begin monitoring your temperature twice a day for a minimum of 7 days to determine if your temperature is going up or down. You should notify your supervisor.

The sample form below outlines the questions to ask.

Download employee screening form here

Employee Education

graphic describing business reopening plan guidelines for employees

Actively encourage employees who are sick or have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home. Develop policies that encourage sick employees to stay at home without fear of reprisal, and ensure employees are aware of these policies.

Bars and Restaurants

Guidelines from the CDC

Requirements in Riley County:

  • Bars close at midnight and all customers leave by 12:30 a.m.
  • Dine-in service at restaurants ends at midnight and customers leave by 12:30 a.m.
    • drive-through, delivery, and curbside service at restaurants may continue past midnight
  • Consumption of food or drink takes place via seated service only. This includes patios.
    • no standing areas
    • customers wait outside for available tables
    • buffets are allowed, but patrons must sit to consume food or beverages
  • Seated parties must be at least 6-ft apart. If that's not possible due to the limitations of the space, a physical barrier such as plexiglass or other partition shall divide tables or booths. 
  • Dance floors are closed

Customer Education


Let customers know the expectations inside your business. 

Kansas Public Health Guidelines

These recommendations are a broad outline of public health measures to take during the pandemic. 

fundamental health guidelines

Group Housing Guidance

Print PDF of guidance and advice for group housing. This information applies to dorms, fraternities and sororities, or anyone living in a group setting.