Kansas Governor Laura Kelly

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly

TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -- Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced on Saturday night that her administration has reached an agreement with the two churches that challenged her executive orders.

Under the agreement, the churches have have agreed comply with the safety protocol put in place by the court.

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“My highest priority has been, and will continue to be, keeping Kansans safe during this pandemic,” Kelly said. “While I am confident that we have the law on our side, the agreement with these two churches will allow us to move forward and focus our efforts on mitigating the spread of the disease and working to restart the economy.”

In less than a week, the governor is expected to make a decision about whether to reopen the state or keep the current restrictions in place.  

“Since this case was filed on April 16, Ford County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases going from 51 positives to 419,” Kelly said. “I know this is a difficult time for everyone, but I want to take a moment and thank all of the first responders and medical staff for their sacrifice. They are on the front lines of this disease and they are true heroes.

“Our job is to not make theirs harder," Kelly said. "Our advice to all Kansans remains the same - stay home and stay safe. We are bending the curve, but we must continue to be vigilant in our mitigation efforts.”

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