Kansas City makes masks mandatory in public

Comes amid a spike in cases in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City, Missouri is making masks mandatory inside businesses and other places that are open to the public amid a growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Mayor Quinton Lucas said Friday that starting Monday, visitors and employees must wear masks when 6 feet of separation isn’t feasible. The requirement will remain in place until at least July 12 with the Kansas City Health Department evaluating the progress on a regular basis.

On the Kansas side, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, announced Saturday in a tweet that a requirement that masks be worn in public will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Under the Unified Government’s order, mask use will be required in all public indoor spaces including workplaces. Masks also will be required in public outdoor spaces and public transportation with the exception of socially distanced exercise and when eating and drinking.