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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on September 1, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Kansas, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Response and Recovery website, the Department of Health and Environment's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response portal, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce or the Kansas Health Foundation.

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Description of Program and Relief

Guidance Regarding Essential Activities and Kansas Essential Function Framework (“KEFF”)

While the substantive provisions of the stay-at-home order no longer apply, the KEFF functions listed in the order are essential functions local governments must continue to allow if they implement more restrictive orders regarding businesses. No prior approval is required for individuals or entities to perform essential activities. Kansas has created a mechanism to inquire about essential functions.

Government or Lead Agency

Kansas Governor’s Office

Dates Available

Effective immediately until rescinded or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency relating to COVID-19 expires, whichever is earlier

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

An activity is considered essential if the purpose of such activity is (a) obtaining food, medicine, and other household necessities; (b) performing an essential function as identified in the KEFF laid out in paragraph 9 of the order; (c) seeking medical care; (d) caring for family members, pets, or vulnerable persons; or (e) engaging in an outdoor activity while maintaining a distance of six feet from one another and abiding by the 10-person limitation on gathering size.

Click here to submit an “Essential Functions” inquiry.

If unclear whether one performs functions exempted from the order, email KEFF@ks.gove to determine whether functions are deemed essential.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

For more information, contact the Office of the Governor at 785-296-3232.

List of Additional Information

The original order defining essential activities be found here. The order requiring local governments to continue to allow the performance of essential functions can be found here.

Click here for frequently asked questions.

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