Gov. Laura Kelly adds churches and funerals to 10 or less order

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/KWCH) --- Gov. Laura Kelly announced she will include churches and funerals to the 10 or less order.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus outbreak in her state during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says the state is in the "exploratory phase" of determining what to do about containing the virus in its prison system. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Originally, they were exempt to the order, but Kelly said the new order will include them.

The governor said the order follows the fact that 25 percent of the state's cluster cases have come from church gatherings.

She acknowledged that this is Holy Week and said the order was made after consulting with pastors and clergy from across the state.

“This was a difficult decision and couldn’t have come at a more disappointing time. Kansas is a community of faithful people, we draw strength through fellowship and prayer, we rely on pastor’s and our priests especially and all of our religious leaders through guidance and council especially at times of sorrow uncertainty and hardship.”

The governor encouraged churches to look into virtual means of celebrating church services, especially as Easter approaches on Sunday.

The order will take effect on Wednesday.