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Valley Center, Derby approve enforcement for Sedgwick County health order

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Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 3:23 PM CST
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(KWCH) - Two more Sedgwick County communities approved enforcement of Sedgwick County’s new public health order on Friday.

The City of Valley Center said its police have not issued any citations since the pandemic began. Instead, officers have been educating the public. Valley Center said though officers can issue citations, at their discretion, to businesses that “willfully ignore any public health orders or mandates.”

The Derby Police Department is asking its residents to call a special number if they observe people not wearing masks or practicing social distancing at a particular business or public space in Derby. That number is 316-788-1557. The police department said do not call 9-1-1.

Wednesday, the Wichita City Council set the tone with its vote to enforce Sedgwick County’s latest health order in Kansas’ biggest city. The resolution for Wichita passed 5-2. Violating the order could result in a class I misdemeanor which could net up to a $500 fine.

“VCPD have been going above and beyond with notifying the public and local businesses of the new health orders,” the message to residents from Valley Center police said. “The officers have not issued any citations to date and have been educating the public.”

Information regarding Valley Center Police Department (VCPD) enforcements of the Sedgwick County Health Orders. VCPD...

Posted by City of Valley Center, Kansas - Municipal Government on Friday, November 20, 2020

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