COUNTY POLICIES: How counties in northeast Kansas are following, changing Gov. Kelly’s mask order

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(KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly released guidelines on a new policy requiring most Kansans to wear a mask in public when social distancing is not an option.

Here’s a breakdown of how counties in our viewing area are following the order:

Clay County

  • Commissioners are strongly suggesting but not requiring face masks.
  • They are asking people to continue social distancing.

Coffey County

  • The Coffey County Health Department announced it highly recommends people wear a mask or other face covering as described in the governor’s executive order, but are not making it a requirement.

Geary County

  • The Geary County Health Department recommends masks be worn in public to protect the vulnerable population and to prevent a massive outbreak.
  • The health department said the county is not mandating the use of masks.

Jackson County

  • Jackson County Commissioners signed a resolution strongly recommending masks when social distancing is not possible.

Jefferson County

  • Jefferson County commissioners are strongly recommending masks when social distancing is not possible.

Lyon County

  • Lyon County commissioners issued an order that said people are strongly recommended to wear masks in public settings.
  • You can read the full order here.

Marshall County

  • The Marshall County Health Department said it will follow the governor’s executive order as written until it’s modified or adjusted by the board of County Commissioners.

Morris County

  • Morris County commissioners adopted a resolution strongly suggesting masks when social distancing is not possible, but not requiring them.

Nemaha County

Osage County

  • Osage County officials said the county has chose to exempt itself from the governor’s executive order. You can see the county’s order here.

Pottawatomie County

  • The Pottawatomie County Commission passed a health order Thursday, opting the county out of the governor’s executive order.
  • The local health officer strongly recommends people wear masks when social distancing can’t be maintained.

Riley County

Shawnee County

  • County commissioners voted to make face masks mandatory indoors and outdoors when people can’t social distance.
  • Exceptions to this order include:
    • Swimming
    • Eating or drinking at a restaurant
    • Children under the age of 10, but still encouraged
    • Medical conditions preventing a person from wearing a mask

Wabaunsee County

  • The Wabaunsee County Health Department said it’s voted to not accept the orders, but do recommend the use of masks when people are unable to maintain six feet distance.

Washington County


This is a developing story and will be updated as more counties release their plans.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said no one can be arrested for not following the governor’s mask order, but prosecutors can sue them if they want.

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