TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Shawnee County Board of County Commissioners took up unfinished business during Thursday’s meeting.

County commissioners reviewed Health Order and Resolution N0. 2021-20.

The county commissioners voted 2-1 to enforce a mask mandate for the Shawnee County Health Department and the Shawnee County Department of Corrections.

The county commissioners will continue to recommend masks, but businesses can “opt out” if they choose.

While the commission voted to recommend mask wearing and limit gathering sizes it will remain a recommendation only.

Shawnee County Courts will continue to require masks.

During a meeting on March 29 the county commissioners decided “any party” in Shawnee County can opt-out of the area’s COVID-19 mask mandate, the Shawnee County Commission decided Monday.

Commissioners Aaron Mays, Bill Riphahn and Kevin Cook decided to keep the rule requiring face coverings in Shawnee County, but decided that “any party potentially aggrieved,” like businesses, churches, non-profits or individuals can decide to allow their employees and patrons to opt-out of the mask mandate while on-premises. However, if any party chooses to require masks, then anyone there must still follow that rule.