How to Determine if Your Business is Categorized as Essential or Non-Essential

Joe Denoyer - April 1, 2020 3:32 pm

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.

For information about KEFF please review Executive Order 20-16.

No prior approval is required for individuals or entities to perform essential functions listed in the KEFF. Individuals or entities who are uncertain whether they perform functions exempted from the prohibitions of this order may fill out the online form or email [email protected] to determine whether their functions are deemed essential.

A link is provided to submit an “Essential Functions” inquiry. Please only submit one inquiry per business. Please do not call to check on the status of your request as we are experiencing high call demand. You will be contacted via email once your request has been reviewed.

Another link is provided for FAQ about the Kansas Essential Functions Framework. Please check HERE before submitting your situation. It is possible it has already been submitted to the Governor’s Office.


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