CORONAVIRUS: Finance Council to review governor's executive order mandating masks in public, but vote of full Legislature needed for override Featured

By Tagan Trahoon and Chuck Samples June 29, 2020 870
CORONAVIRUS: Finance Council to review governor's executive order mandating masks in public, but vote of full Legislature needed for override Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Effective 12:01 am Friday morning, the wearing of masks in public areas will now be mandatory in the state of Kansas under the order of Governor Laura Kelly.

The governor made the announcement during her weekly press conference Monday afternoon as confirmed COVID-19 cases have been on the rise statewide in recent weeks.

Most residents will have to wear masks in stores, shops, restaurants and in all situations where social distancing of at least six feet can't be maintained, including outdoors. 

Initially, it was reported the State Finance Council has to approve the executive order. The Finance Council can review the document -- there is currently no word on when that will happen -- but it would take the full Legislature convening this week to override through a concurrent resolution. Local lawmakers have not commented on whether they plan to support the executive order.

Additionally, local health officials will have the authority to adjust the mandate at their own discretion. Lyon County Health Officer Renee Hively says the governor's announcement was a surprise to her, but one she wholeheartedly endorses. The early indications are Lyon County will follow the governor's guidance. She says masking, good hand hygiene and social distancing are the few options left for beating COVID-19 until there is an approved vaccine on hand.

 

Hively also tells KVOE News public masking is one of the few options left before the county reverts to a stay-home order if we see another spike in cases.

Governor Kelly says when they look at the trends of where clusters are forming, they are not seeing any cases in businesses where masks are worn.

The governor says the order does not change where individuals are allowed to go, it just means you must wear a mask when around others in areas where social distance of six-feet cannot be maintained. Kelly also says more guidance and the executive order itself will be issued on Thursday.

We encourage you to take part in the latest KVOE News poll, which asks whether you plan to wear a mask in public. Click here to vote. Results will be available Friday morning.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 07:38