Business Guidelines

COVID-19 Response: Best Practices for Geary County Businesses & Employers Open to the Public

You should be able to say and do the following:

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Outside the business:

  • If there is crowding, limit the number of customers allowed to enter the store. Staff an employee at the front door and, as one (1) customer leaves, allow another customer in.
  • Post signs at the front door informing customers of occupancy limits.
  • Cue customers on the sidewalk in front of the store and post signs along the line urging customers to encourage a social distancing of six (6) feet.
  • Place carts and hand baskets at the front of the store and clean handles before bringing them into the store or providing them to a customer.
  • Maximize curbside pickup of walk-up customers and online orders.

Inside the business:

  • At point-of-sale registers, limit the lines and post signs at each register urging customers to maintain a social distancing of six (6) feet.
  • Post social distancing signs and floor markings in key areas throughout the store.
  • Place hand sanitizer available at every open register.
  • Routinely clean the store and have soap and water available in restrooms.
  • Keep meeting rooms and offices doors open and eliminate closed room meetings.

Action Items:

  • Make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for customers and other visitors.
  • Encourage employees to stay home if they are sick. If possible, extend time off policy to make sure team members have every opportunity to seek medical attention, if needed.
  • Encourage visitors at increased risk of severe illness to stay at home or otherwise avoid facilities.
  • Suspend non-essential visits to facilities.
  • Observe and encourage social distancing measures.
  • Routinely clean stores and increase spot cleaning of high traffic areas and restrooms, using CDC approved disinfectants.
  • Limit large meetings and gatherings and hold meetings in open, well-ventilated, well-spaced areas. Use teleconferencing for meetings, when practical.
  • Constantly monitor and meet regularly to review the situations in facilities.


Advise employees to use preventive measures similar to those that help prevent the spread of the flu, as recommended by the CDC:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when they are sick, except to receive medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Make sure to get proper rest.

Geary County Business owners that have questions about the Stay At Home order in effect from today through April 19, 2020 and believe their business should be on the Essential Functions list, can apply for that clarification on this website.
The website states:
 "The State of Kansas has established guidelines for determining which businesses provide functions considered “essential”. This determination is based upon the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF). For the safety of your employees and the public, it is critical that as many individuals as possible remain at home. As noted by the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Lee A. Norman, M.D.,just because a business may fall within one of the exceptions to the KEFF, it does not mean that business should be open. Accordingly, it is strongly encouraged that unless your business absolutely needs to be open to fulfill one of the essential functions identified in KEFF, you should strongly consider not exposing your employees or the public to the dangers associated with COVID-19."

Geary County Health Department 785-762-5788

Additional business related info can be viewed at:

Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce