Rachel Moore has a whole week of appointments scheduled for when she reopens her salon, Wild About Hair, 211 S. Washington, next week.
“As long as the governor doesn’t change her mind, we’re opening on the 18th (of May),” Moore said.
The second phase of Governor Laura Kelly’s reopening plan is set to begin no sooner than May 18. At that point, businesses may open if they keep six feet between individuals and have gatherings of no more than 30 people.
Individuals are encouraged to wear masks and people at high-risk of catching Coronavirus are encouraged to stay at home and avoid these places. They are encouraged to only go to places that fall within the Kansas Essential Functional Framework (KEFF), such as to buy groceries or medicine or see healthcare providers.
Moore said, “I’m pretty sure that’s going to be a requirement of our state board that we wear masks.”
“We already used hospital grade disinfectant before COVID-19 and now we will amp up disinfectants between each client and we encourage people to wait in their cars until we’re ready for them.”
Moore and her staff have been taking advantage of the time the barber/beauty shop has been closed by doing remodeling. Kip Etter and his staff have been doing the same thing at his restaurant/bar, The Dore, which he also plans to open the establishment back to dine-in on May 18. The Dore has been relying on carry-out and delivery sales during the stay-at-home order.
Etter said he is “extremely” eager to get his business running again.
“That said, we are running a business and in order to be sustainable, it has to be profitable, which requires us to be able to have at least 75 percent capacity.”
Bars and restaurants are required to operate at no more than 50 percent capacity during the initial reopening phase.
“That is my understanding,” Etter said. “However, I believe that everything is so fluid and ever changing. Who knows what it will be in 10 days?”
Community centers can also reopen no sooner than May 18 and the Wellington Recreation Center is scheduled to open its doors again that day.
“We’ve been closed for over a month,” Cody White, superintendent of recreation at the WRC, said. “We want our members to come back and enjoy the facility as it is. We miss ‘em, that’s for sure. We want to give the members what they pay for.”
The WRC will follow social distancing guidelines through such practices as keeping every other cardio machine upstairs shut down. Staff will also sanitize equipment when people are through using it, White said.
“Members should be doing that anyway,” White said. “Staff will be extra cautious about it.”
The WRC’s softball and baseball season will be officially cancelled, but informal groups of kids can get together in an area sandlot, work on fundamentals and play informal games if they want.
“Basically, it’ll be like the movie, ‘The Sandlot,’” White said. “They’ll just go out and play ball. We just want to keep kids active.”
Parents will have to watch their kids practice, from inside their vehicles and on lawn chairs. They won’t be able to sit in the stands, which the kids will occupy, keeping six feet apart from each other.
White met with the Wellington Park Board this evening to talk about when the public swimming pool should be opened. They decided to open it June 15 when the state phase out begins. The date was picked “to be on the safe side,” White said. “But we’re fine if they open it earlier.”
The issue will be brought before the Wellington City Council at their May 19 meeting. The council will make the final decision when to open.
Precautions will be taken, such as extra cleaning at the pool, the Wellington Family Aquatic Center. If the concession stand is open, there would have to be markings on the cement to keep people standing six-feet apart, White said.
The swimming pool is “part of growing up. You don’t want to rob a kid of their childhood. There’s two things on a kid’s mind in summer - no school and going to the pool.”