City of Emporia mask mandate ending Apr. 10; Mandatory mask use to continue under county health order until further notice Featured

City of Emporia mask mandate ending Apr. 10; Mandatory mask use to continue under county health order until further notice Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Come Saturday the City of Emporia will officially be out of the mask mandating game, however, mandatory mask usage will not be ending.

During the Emporia City Commission’s recent action session Wednesday, a motion to extend the mandate failed by a vote of 2-3. The City’s mandate is set to expire Saturday, Apr. 10 at which time Lyon County’s public health order will become the sole governing document on COVID-related mitigation.

Last Thursday, the Lyon County Commission passed its latest public health order which kept the countywide mask mandate in place until further notice and adjusted the mass gathering limits and social distancing guidelines from mandates to “strong recommendations.”

This means mandatory mask use will remain in place until further notice for all city's located within Lyon County. Per the county order, businesses and restaurants will have the authority to regulate social distance and occupancy limits as they see fit.

Commissioner Danny Giefer, alongside Jon Geitz and Susan Brinkman, voted against the extension. Giefer says the city's mandate allowed for the assessment of fines for violations, however, he no longer feels those are necessary.

 

Commissioner Becky Smith, along with Mayor Rob Gilligan, voted in favor of the extension saying it made sense to extend the order given the slate of large-scale events -- the Dynamic Discs Open and Unbound Gravel race -- coming to the community in the next few months.

 

The city’s action comes as an estimated 23.7 percent of Lyon County’s estimated population has been fully vaccinated according to data made available by Lyon County Public Health.

In other business Wednesday, commissioners also approved an ordinance to extend the hours that alcohol can be sold and consumed at drinking establishments, private clubs and catering facilities from 6 am to 2 am. Previously alcohol use at these establishments was prohibited from 2 am to 9 am.

According to City Attorney Christina Montgomery, the amendment now brings the city into conformity with state law.

The Emporia City Commission will reconvene for an action session next Wednesday morning inside the Municipal Courtroom at White Auditorium.

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