TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Gov. Laura Kelly released guidelines on a new policy requiring most Kansans to wear a mask in public when social distancing is not an option, according to a news release.
Under the new order, masks will be required:
- At all times when inside a public space, including workplaces, when social distancing is not possible.
- In outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.
- Kansans under the age of five or those with medical conditions, mental health conditions or disabilities that prevent them from not wearing a face mask, are not required to wear masks.
The mask requirement will go into effect Friday at 12:01 a.m. and remain in place until it is rescinded or the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires.
Local county commissioners can decide to not keep this order in place for their county.
The order states that masks are required for people in healthcare facilities and when riding public transportation or ride-sharing vehicles.
Businesses and organizations are required to have workers and visitors be masked, like in stores and restaurants.
If you go to a restaurant, you are not expected to wear a mask when you are seated a table.
For a full breakdown of rules, duration of the order, and exceptions to the new mask policy, you can read the full report below.