Information Regarding COVID-19
Visit Wichita is dedicated to the health and well-being of our visitors, and we want to make sure they have the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 specific to our city. We are also committed to assisting our community partners and continue to monitor nationally as well as statewide and locally for all efforts that can assist them. If you are a Visit Wichita partner, you can find a full list of resources by visiting our partner resources page.
On November 24, the Sedgwick County Health Officer issued an order requiring the wearing of face masks or other face coverings, including face shields (but does not include a covering with a one-way valve or vent), where social distancing of six feet at all times is not possible. Gatherings are limited to 25 total individuals while also requiring 6 feet of social distancing. Retail stores, restaurants and bars, fitness clubs and health centers, are not considered mass gatherings and continue with their current limitations of 100 total people or 50% of fire code capacity, whichever is less. In eating and drinking establishments, seating is now capped at eight people per table and dining areas have an 11 p.m. nightly curfew (such businesses may remain open past 11 p.m. for curbside, drive through, and delivery services, but not carry-out). Personal services (such as dentists, barbershops/salons, etc.) may only serve customers with pre-scheduled appointments or online check-in. Find FAQs here and ongoing updates from Sedgwick County here.
People in Sedgwick County are required to cover their mouths/noses with a mask or face covering in the following situations:
- In indoor or outdoor public spaces where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained
- In healthcare settings such as hospitals, pharmacies, physician or dental offices, veterinary clinics, etc
- On public transportation
- Employees working in food service
- Children five years old or under
- Persons with medical conditions that prevent wearing a face covering
- People who are hearing impaired
- Those seated at a restaurant while eating/drinking
- Participating in some athletic events
- People engaged in an activity where wearing a mask or face covering is prohibited by law
- When one or more physical barrier(s) is present between an individual and others
Reopening Wichita & Updates
We are doing our very best to keep event changes updated, but as many across the city have cancelled or postponed, we recommend that you confirm with organizers and businesses owners while following their communications before arriving.
Thank you for following the recommended practices of washing your hands for 20 seconds, using social distancing recommendations of no less than six feet, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, avoiding touching your face, and staying home when you are sick.
You can email COVID19@sedgwick.gov which is monitored by Sedgwick County Health Department, if you have questions about this disease.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Visit Wichita team anytime during business hours at 316-265-2800 if there’s anything we can do to assist you.