During this time of recommended social distancing, The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce asked local businesses what changes they are putting into effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to do our best to keep area residents up to date on local business changes while still encouraging everyone to shop Emporia first. If you have any questions. thoughts, or concerns please call 620-342-1600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This page is a list of Emporia Chamber members and businesses that have responded to our form. Information will be updated daily Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 p.m. Check back for added businesses, we hope this is resourceful for you. Use the links below provided by businesses for updates.
AKA Marketing & Promotions/Sports Fan
524 Commercial St
Most of the foot traffic has ceased, so our exposure is minimal. We are continuing the marketing business from the office via phone and internet, and we are sanitizing and cleaning-especially public areas.
APAC – Kansas Inc., Shears Division
302 Peyton Street
Among other precautions, Hand Shake free facility, Social Distancing of 10′ or more, Employees who can work from home should do so, all non essential business travel is postponed, following CRH and CDC travel guidelines.
Burnap Bros., Inc. Plumbing
722 Commercial Street
We are still operating “business as usual” and our store front is open for our customers’ plumbing needs, whether it be for repair parts or visiting us for project information. We are taking our customers’ and employees’ safety and desires into consideration as well. We are performing the necessary safety precautions with cleaning & disinfecting of the store, showroom, and office area.
2602 Candlewood Dr
We are still open and ready to Welcome new guest to the hotel! We have taken this very serious and changed how we sanitize all public areas. Every hour we take approved chemicals and sanitize all public areas such as door handles, vending machines and elevators. We are also making sure to sanitizing our front desk area every hour and making sure all key cards are sanitized and kept clean for our guest safety.
610 Commercial St
We have temporarily closed our store, but are still available by phone and email. If you need to drop something off or pick something up, we are happy to help. We can also meet you curbside or in the alley behind our store. We ask that you call and make an appointment. We often mail projects out for our customers outside of the Emporia area, but can extend that to local customers as well as needed.
Cradle to Career Literacy Center, Inc
713 Commercial St
We are closed to walk-in traffic and people are being asked to call the director on her home phone, 620-342-6954. Students who were seen remotely via Zoom before the office closure are still being seen, but the language therapists are at home. Students who were seen face to face are being contacted and we are attempting to finalize Zoom arrangements for these students.
912 Commercial St
Dynamic Discs is not allowing in-store customers at this time. Although we are not allowing customers in-store, we will still take orders by phone! If you are interested in placing an order, feel free give us a call at 620-208-3472. We will fill your order and take payment over the phone. When you are ready to pick it up, you can come to the door or we can bring the order out to you curbside. Out of state and online customers, can continue shopping at dynamicdiscs.com as normal. By proceeding this way, we can ensure the safety and health of our staff, and continue to serve the community. Thanks for your understanding and patience during this matter!
“In order to protect the well-being of the community of Emporia, our branch offices are not meeting in person with new and existing clients at this time. We will continue to serve you through several virtual options.”
Emig and Hauff Associates Architects
517 Merchant St, Suite 203
We are still working in office. We have capability to work from home if needed. So far, so good.
Emporia Community Foundation
527 Commercial St., Suite B
Emporia Community Foundation (ECF) Announces Reduced Office Hours
As COVID-19 continues to impact our nation and now the Emporia Community Foundation service area, the ECF is announcing changes to our daily operations.
At this time, the ECF office will be open from 9am to 1pm Monday-Friday. The office will remain locked during those hours with a drop box available at our lobby door. Otherwise, please slip items under our office door. Items may also be placed in the ECF drop box near our west entrance if it is accessible during ongoing construction. Staff will continue to work remotely and be available by email: email@example.com. If you call the office, leave a message and your call will be returned by a staff member.
Emporia Farmers Market
PO Box 1911
Saturday, March 21: Market at Waters Hardware and Annual Meeting postponed. We are working on plans for the remaining indoor markets at Waters Hardware, scheduled for April 4 and 18. Please check our Facebook page and local media outlets for the latest updates and public health recommendations.
719 Commercial St.
We share office space with the Emporia Chamber and CVB operations. The office is closed to visitors, We are working with proper social distancing. All our meeting are conducted via conference call. We are preparing to operate from home in case a stay at home order is issued.
Emporia State University Foundation
1500 Highland St
The Sauder Alumni Center, home to ESU Alumni Association and ESU Foundation, is closed. Staff are working remotely and remain eager to serve our constituents and Emporia State. We will continue to accept gifts via mail or online at emporia.edu/give. If you leave a message on our main line, we will return your call from an off-campus number.
Emporia Granada Theatre Alliance
807 Commercial St
We have canceled or postponed a total of 9 events and 3 rentals. We laid off staff for 2 weeks and the theatre will be closed from March17-31 for a a deep clean. Events and rentals are protected to start again after May 16th.
Emporia Public Library
110 East 6th Avenue
Closed to the public until April 6
Emporia State University Memorial Union
1331 Market St
The Memorial Union exterior doors will be locked 24/7 starting on Tuesday, March 24th. Most all employees are working remotely until further notice.
The Memorial Union Building is closed through June 26, 2020
Express Tire & Auto Tire Pros
806 E. 12th Ave
CLEANING SURFACES MORE OFTEN. We are open for business like normal at this time.
Family Martial Arts Center
109 West 12th Ave
Our school is closed until further notice.
1632 Industrial Rd.
We haven’t really changed much, except emphasizing the cleaning of “touchpoints” in the Mall. We already have a cleaning schedule in place, but we are making sure we clean these places with approved cleaners that combat and kill the virus. We have also moved our seating in the mall to allow for the social distancing necessary.
Flint Hills Technical College
3301 West 18th Avenue
Face-to-face classes and activities suspended until further notice. All classes moved to online format.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
1400 West Sixth Ave.
Freddy’s will be implementing drive through ordering only as of 3/18/20
Granada Coffee Company
809 Commercial St
Is temporarily closed until further notice.
1400 W 12th Ave
We are asking patients/customers to utilize our 2 lanes of drive thru and delivery services and refrain from coming into the pharmacy lobby. We also encourage our patients to call or text us ahead of time for refill requests so they are ready for patients when they arrive at our drive thru. Patients can call or text us at 620-342-1242. Patients can also submit refills via our mobile app or website. Visit our website at www.haagpharmacy.com. As an essential business within our community we will continue to remain open for business. Our lobby is still open for walk in traffic as of Wednesday, March 18th. We are monitoring the situation closely and may potentially close our lobby if the situation warrants us doing so.
Helbert & Allemang
519 Commercial St
Established a six-foot space inside the office for transactions, Senior Hours, hourly sanitizing, video conferencing and phone consultations, door drop box for documents and payments
Hetlinger Developmental Services, Inc.
707 S Commercial St.
No visitors to the building, no face-to-face meetings, no public can recycling, community activities cancelled, staff and persons served will have their temperature taken daily and sent home if greater than 100.4, staff and consumers should stay home if sick, increased cleaning and sanitizing of building, handwashing and hand sanitizing a priority.
Home Town Health Care LLC
3021 Eaglecrest Drive, Suite C,
Home Town Health Care is highly involved at the local and regional level in preparedness and being on the leading edge of response to this virus and any emergency. Members of the agency are on several Local Emergency Preparedness Committees, Community Planning Committees, as well as the Northeast and Southeast Kansas Health Care Coalitions. Well before Covid-19 became active in our local areas, Home Town was preparing and had inventoried all personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as prepared updated policies for infection control. As the pandemic started Home Town educated our staff, then handed out documentation to our patients for education. Home Town is expanding our care to qualifying patients who had not previously been on services; but currently do not wish to get out to do therapy, go have labs done, or meet with their provider. Our staff can be the eye and ears for the providers in the homes, help pull the labs to be tested; our therapist can do the stretching and strengthening, safely in your home. Home Town is also offering assistance from designated staff to health departments to go swab for testing, or to go into correctional facilities to provide care so those communities will not have to be transported into public venues. Home Town Health Care truly is “There To Care”. Home Town is taking precautions at the start of every day to make sure our staff is healthy before they start seeing patients. We are using precautions at every home to make sure we are limiting the chance of spreading the virus. Home Town Health Care staff should be washing their hands in front of the patient, sterilizing the equipment being used in front of the patient, sterilize the equipment carriers between each patient, limit contact with surfaces, limit the number of visits (if possible) with patients, and most of all educate our patients about the virus.
729 W 6th Ave
Cleaning surfaces throughout the day at all workstations.
2831 West 18th Ave
We are currently offering online ordering through Ihop.com, delivery on orders placed through Doordash or Ihop.com, phone in and curbside pickup orders. In compliance with local regulations, we cannot allow dine-in guests at this time.
IM Design Group
201 E 6th Ave
We have arranged for employees to work from home if they choose to
2715 Candlewood Dr., Suite D
Office closed until further notice. Associates in all locations under mandatory work-from-home order. Associates are available to communicate with clients via e-mail and phone.
Jacks Lawn & Pool
829 Commercial St.
Jack’s Lawn & Pool has been listed as an essential business, according to CDC.gov, Covid-19 cannot live in properly maintained pool or hot tub water. We are open Monday-Friday 9 am-5:30 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm. We are keeping our store properly disinfected, safety is our top priority- for our employees and our customers, following the 6′ social distancing. Customers can call or email in their orders if they would like and take advantage of our curbside pickup or free local deliver.
John C.Patton, DDS
1507 West 12th Ave
Our office will be closed until at least April 6.
Kansas Children’s Service League
215 W. 6th, Room 209
We are working from home and conducting ‘home visits’ via web chat options that work for the client.
318 East 6th Avenue
More frequent cleaning and sanitization . We also purchased ultraviolet light replacement bulbs.
621 Commercial St.
We have done a more extensive cleaning and sanitizing since the start of this.
Kansas Children’s Service League – Healthy Families
215 W.6th Room 209
620-340-0408 x 1001
Our home visitation services have been changed from person to person at the home to teleconference/telephone contact. We are utilizing Skype and FB Messenger to reach families and visit with them regularly without compromising our health or their health and without ignoring social distancing.
Kansas SBDC at Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle, Campus Box 4046
At this point in time we are taking appointments face to face if preferred by the client or if it is necessary simply to be the most effective. We are encouraging face to face visits but we have not been told it is not allowed. Of course, all of the rules could possibly change .
We are always willing to do Zoom meetings, emails, or phone calls if it is more desirable to the client. As of earlier in the week, we are only allowing 2 of the 3 of us to be in the office at the same time.
Lyon County State Bank
902 Merchant Street
We have taken additional steps to keep our public areas disinfected. We have asked customers to utilize electronic services when possible and not to come to the bank if they are sick or symptomatic. We are scheduling appointments when possible . We have created space with our team and used remote access as much as possible. At this time there are no changes to our hours or availability. We will monitor hourly. See updates at www.mylcsb.com.
909 Commercial St
We have closed, except for seeing dental emergencies
MI Restaurant Equipment Supply
308 Commercial St.
We are OPEN at both locations 8am to 4pm, Monday thru Friday.The showrooms are closed and we are “closed to the public”. In Emporia and Topeka – call ahead with an order, we will pack it and provide curbside delivery. Use our website to view inventory. All special order merchandise is required to be pre-paid (100% deposit).The service department is closed to on-site calls at this time.
Newman Regional Health
1201 West 12th Avenue
Effective Tuesday, March 17, Newman Regional Health will enforce a new, high-restriction visitor limitation as a preventive COVID-19 measure to further protect patients, staff, and community members from exposure to the virus.
- Visitation hours remain 10:00am to 6:00pm.
- Visitors must use Entrance F on the east side of the hospital and complete a successful verbal health screening with Security before further direction is given.
- Visitors for inpatients, outpatient Clinical Decision Unit, Emergency Room and Express Care will be allowed only under special circumstances and are limited to immediate family only (e.g., parent, child, sibling, or significant other).
- There will be no visitors in the Same Day Surgery pre-operative area or Operating Room and Cath Lab recovery areas. One (1) visitor may remain in the Same Day Surgery or Cath Lab waiting areas after a successful verbal health screening.
- Only one (1) visitor is allowed to accompany a patient for outpatient clinic or hospital appointments after completing a successful verbal health screening at Registration.
Further safety measures initiated by Newman Regional Health include the following:
- Snack Bar, Gift Shoppe, and Volunteer information desks are closed until further notice. Phones will be placed on all information desks to call the switchboard for information or directions.
- Fiscal Services/Billing office is closed to the public until further notice. Patients may pay their bill online at newmanrh.org/billpay, mail in payment, or call (620) 343-6800 x21153 for a billing representative.
Screening questions that all patients and visitors will be required to answer include:
- Are you experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Have you traveled outside the state of Kansas within the last 14 days?
- Have you attended a mass gathering (e.g., conference, cruise, concert) within the last 14 days?
- Have you been notified that you were in close contact with a person who tested positive or is currently being evaluated for COVID-19?
Norfolk Iron & Metal
1701 E. South Avenue
Only employees are allowed in our building (bathrooms & breakrooms), Social Distancing, no more than 8 in a room. Adapted the time off and attendance policy if exposed to COVID-19 and/or need to be absent from work for COVID-19 virus related reasons: 1. Employees will not be required to use Paid Time Off 2. Employees may elect to take time off without pay 3. Absences will not be subjected to the attendance policy 4. Employees who contract the COVID-19 virus could be eligible for short term disability.
3000 w. 18th Ave.
Buffet has been closed, our full menu continues to be offered drive thru or delivery. We use gloves in every station now. We are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. every 30 min we disinfect all door, fridge handle, phones, computers, etc.
Plumb Place Inc.
224 East 6th Ave
We are accepting clothing and food donations from 9 am to 2 pm, but they must be in bags or boxes and place on the east porch under the porch awning. Please call when you drop off.
Radio Shack (Emporia)
2914 W US Hwy 50 in Emporia
Emporia Radioshack is listed as an essential business and plans to remain open our normal business hours through this difficult time to help any way we can.
We offer Products and services so you can work from home
Provide telecommunication support
IT support for our customers
Curbside service for our products and services
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-7 pm, Saturday 9am-6 pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
Riverside Garden Florist
607 Rural St
we need recipient phone numbers and will call before delivery and leave item at front door. call in orders are appreciated. regular hours are in effect.
Saint Francis Ministries
1221 E. 12th Ave.
620-342-7882 x 2022
First and foremost, we are encouraging workers to stay home if they are sick. We are utilizing screening tools before we have any face to face contact with families in their homes or in our offices.
520 Constitution Street
In light of the COVID-19, under territorial direction, all church programs have been cancelled until further notice. This includes, but not limited to: youth programs (Club 316), Bible Study, Women’s Program, Sunday School, and Sunday morning worship.
As of now, we are continuing our social services. Food, clothing, rent, and utility assistance is still provided. Please call 620-342-3093 and ask for Suzanne. We would like to get as much done over the phone as possible instead of in person.
The Thrift Store is still open 9:30am-5:30pm. Gloves are available for any shopper who asks for them.
We will keep you updated for any changes. Thank you for your patience during this national crisis.
1702 Industrial Road
In recent days, much has changed as the novel coronavirus has spread across the U.S. No question, these unprecedented circumstances require commitment and collective leadership as we serve our communities and employees. They need us now more than ever. At Scooter’s, we have the unique opportunity to remain a constant in our customers’ daily lives, providing them with a sense of relief and comfort in the midst of uncertainty and upheaval. Coupled with comfort and care is the protection and wellbeing of our employees, our customers, and the greater community. It’s top priority. Our drive-thru will remain open as we continue to serve our loyal customers daily. We will continue to monitor developments proactively and we will persist in following fact-based guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and local health authorities.
710 Industrial Rd, Emporia KS 66801
Current Services / Notes:
- Managed Services –Uninterrupted Service
- Break Fix – Phone/Remote Services by appointment
- Emergency Services – For emergency only and within CDC & Lyon County Health Guidelines.
- You may reach out to us Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Stanion Wholesale Electric Co.
2935 West 6th Ave
we now have a “self-diagnose” checklist posted on all of our entrances. customer who answer yes to any of the questions on the form are requested not to enter our facility, and instead, to place their material order from their vehicle via phone. we will then fill the order and bring it out to them in their vehicle. we have also suspended all non-essential outside sales calls and vendor visits. we are also following all CDC and KDHE guidelines as they update.
Don’t panic but stay safe, vigilant, and responsible. don’t unnecessarily put others at risk. if you answer yes to anything on our questionnaire, even if you “feel fine” please refrain for entering our facility. we will continue to stay open and operational and serving the Emporia area community unless otherwise required.
504 Commercial St
We are offering PayPal payments and curbside pick up. After hours private In store shopping by appointment. They can message us, text or call for an appointment. We will also ship. Many of our products are being featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages so you can shop from home. Daily deals will be found their as well!
The Arnold Group
628 Merchant St., Suite 2
As we continue to monitor the local, national and worldwide incidence of the coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19, all employees/TAG Associates are asked to review the following workplace policies and guidance. It is likely this information will change as the situation evolves and more becomes known. Questions may be directed to The Arnold Group’s senior management team by email.
Recommended Actions to Take Now
- Based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TAG recommends all employees/TAG Associates take basic prevention measures to avoid exposure to or infection by the virus causing COVID-19 by:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth
- Staying home when they are sick
- Covering their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Not wearing a face mask unless they show symptoms of respiratory illness, including COVID-19
- Washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing (if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
- Employees/TAG Associates who have recently been in an area of high concern for COVID-19, which is being defined as a CDC Level 3 area, should contact TAG Management, and self-isolate as per the CDC guidelines.
Workplace Policies (effective 3/13/2020)
TAG management representatives must not pressure employee/TAG Associates to come to work if they are ill or need to stay at home to care for ill dependents. If employees/TAG Associates are well, they should not be pressured to stay away from work for reasons such as their ethnic or racial background, home address, having cared for a sick family member (without any indication of COVID-19) or recent travel to unaffected areas. As described above, there is a need to stay away from work because of caring for someone confirmed to have COVID-19.
Given TAG’s interest in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all, managers and supervisors (with the support and involvement of TAG Management as needed) should ask employees/TAG Associates who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness to go home and stay home until 24 hours after they are free of symptoms.
A “doctor’s note” or documentation of dependent care responsibilities will not be required from employees/TAG Associates who cancel an assignment or miss work if they have symptoms of respiratory illness or have been confirmed with COVID-19.
Employees/TAG Associates may use up to 14 unpaid days until they are free of fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants) without receiving a strike for being absent from work or canceling an existing assignment for the following reasons:
- A confirmed case of COVID-19
- Symptoms of respiratory illness
- To meet self-isolation or quarantine requirements
- For the active care of others because of disruptions relating to COVID-19
- Because the minor child of an employee attends a school or day care that is closed due to illnesses and they have no other childcare arrangements.
The Arnold Group will review this threshold periodically as conditions change.
Well Employees/TAG Associates:
Well employees/TAG Associates are expected at work unless:
- they have been in contact with or are caring for someone who is ill with an ordinary respiratory illness (in which case, typical preventive measures are recommended for them as care givers);
- they have been caring for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, in which case they are required to self-isolate;
- they have been in a CDC Level 3 area of concern;
- they have been instructed to refrain from attending work by TAG or public health officials;
- the school or day care where their child under 18 years attends is closed due to illnesses and they have no other childcare arrangements.
Sick Employees/TAG Associates:
Employees/TAG Associates who have symptoms of respiratory illness must stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants).
- A fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit taken by an oral thermometer.
- Those with concerns or questions about their illness or seeking advice about whether to come to work should contact their local The Arnold Group (TAG) office.
Return to Work:
In general, written medical clearance will not be required for return to work. (TAG business clients with specific health and safety requirements, such as food services, may have different policies.) This is being done to avoid overtaxing health care resources.
Workers at Higher Risk:
Employees/TAG Associates who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. These may include requesting a temporary change in job location, hours, assignment or duties, or implementation of additional protective measures to reduce their exposure to others or chances of being infected. The Arnold Group will work with employees/TAG Associates on a case by case basis to try to accommodate their requests. If an employee at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agree that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent, the employee should contact TAG Management to formally request a temporary change. The Arnold Group will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining TAG and TAG clients’ operations. Except for employees/TAG Associates who formally request a change in job circumstances due to underlying health conditions, employees/TAG Associates will generally not be reassigned to new duties, locations, or roles solely to address concerns about the potential for COVID-19 infection.
Potential Additional Policy Changes
If public health conditions worsen, TAG’s workplace policies may be further amended. This would be done to address the effects of more widespread illness or absences, more frequent needs for self-isolation or quarantine, disruption of care arrangements or TAG ‘s business priorities. All employees/TAG Associates will be notified as necessary of such changes and should also check this page (https://www.the-arnold-group.com/coronavirusnotice/)for updates.
The Arnold Group will work with each affected employee and attempt to return them to the assignment to which they were assigned previously; however, depending on business needs, clients’ requirements or other business necessities we cannot guarantee the availability of said assignment in which case, TAG will take affirmative steps to attempt to find the affected employee a suitable and comparable assignment if one is available. Upon returning to work, employees/TAG Associates should follow the When to Contact TAG/Check in Available policy as outlined in the TAG Associate Handbook.
Tobias Agency, Inc.
15 E. 12th Ave.
Our office is currently closed to the public. We will conduct business via phone, email and regular mail.
The Sweet Granada
803 Commercial St
Is temporarily closed, but is taking online orders to be shipped to customers
2101 W. 6th Avenue
Working on contingency plans now; currently made changes to attendance policy and insurance benefits, no business travel and monitoring travel of all team members.
United Way of the Flinthills
702 Commercial Suite 2-E
United Way of the Flint Hills has closed the physical office and staff are working remotely. You can still reach staff by calling the office phone at 620-342-7564, or by email. United Way, in partnership with KVOE, Emporia Main Street, and Emporia Community Foundation, created the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund to assist nonprofits, businesses, and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Nonprofits can apply at https://www.unitedwayoftheflinthills.org/covid19app; businesses can apply through the Emporia Main Street website.
2914 W HWY 50 Suite A
remote workers, screening employees
Visible Supply Chain Management
709 Industrial Rd
We have encouraged employee’s to wash hands more. Clean commons areas daily and clean door handles and knobs. Wipe faucets down daily. We are already 6 feet from each other.
2727 W HWY 50
We are no longer providing free popcorn and coffee at this time. Employees are washing their hands frequently as well there are implementations on how often all registers, credit card machines and surfaced areas need to be wiped down and disinfected.
Williams Automotive, Inc
3105 W 6th
Every 2 hour disinfection of common areas, handwashing between cars and customers, limited shuttle service for customers