Statewide mask mandate still applies in Sedgwick County

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By Travis Mounts

Even though the Sedgwick County Commission rescinded its mask mandate on Wednesday, March 24, under pressure from pending legislation from the Kansas Legislature, Sedgwick County residents are still under a mask mandate, although only until next week.

That's because a statewide mandate issued by Gov. Laura Kelly in November is still in effect.

That distinction was made by county officials on Thursday.

The governor's executive order No. 20-68, issued on Nov. 18, requires peole to wear masks in public spaces.

“This executive order applied to counties that did not have a local mask order already in place. At the time, Sedgwick County had a local health order in place; therefore, the governor's order did not apply,” it was noted in a county statement. Counties also had the option to opt out of the governor's order.

The statewide mask mandate that is part of Order No. 20-68 will expire on March 31.
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