How Covid-19 affects downtown Pittsburg: what’s next?


Photo credit: Ashlan Brooks. Sign posted on the outside of Pitt Discount Liquor’s main entrance. Sign advertises that people use their drive through only due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Story by Ashlan Brooks, Print Co-Editor, Online Co-Editor

Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, lifted the stay at home order on May 3rd, but enacted a plan to keep the public safe beyond their quarantine. Barbershops, bars, gyms, theaters, hair and nail salons or state-owned casinos aren’t allowed to open until May 18th. However, this date could be changed depending on how many deaths result from the newly released stay at home order.

Her plan consists of phases, each lasting 14 days and allowing a certain type of service to reopen each time. If everything goes according to plan, Kelly estimates the state should be fully functioning by June 15th. 

Coronavirus has done more than just change the way we act around those around us, it’s also had an impact on our town. Businesses that are known for being open on weekdays and that are relied on for their services have had to take precautions to keep their customers healthy and safe. Some have only shortened their open hours, while others have had to temporarily close down entirely. 

Here are a few images taken from downtown Pittsburg that are proof of our perseverance through these difficult times.

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