Kansas Governor signs executive order mandating masks in public

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Executive Order #20-52 takes effect beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, and will remain in place until rescinded or until the current statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires – whichever is earlier.

“The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Governor Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. We must act.”

“Viruses don’t stop at county lines. This order doesn’t change where you can go or what you can do. But wearing a mask is a simple and effective way to keep Kansans healthy and keep Kansas open for business.”

Under the order, Kansans are required to wear masks when inside any public space – including their workplace – or in situations where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Guidance regarding specific places or situations in which masks are required is outlined within the order.

Kansans under five years of age, those with medical conditions, and others specifically outlined in the order are exempt from these requirements.

All businesses/organizations must also require employees, customers, members and visitors to wear a mask or face covering in several situations. You can read additional details in the full executive order #20-52 here.

The Attorney General, county attorneys and district attorneys enforcing the order are told to use their discretion and consider the totality of the circumstances as they determine appropriate enforcement actions.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office released the following today to social media:

“Governor Kelly’s Executive Order No. 20-52 regarding the wearing of masks in public was released this afternoon. I would encourage everyone to read the order in its entirety. It can be found on Governor Kelly’s Facebook page.

We have received a lot of questions regarding the enforcement portion of this order. I would like to make it clear that violating the mask order is NOT a crime. We do encourage everyone to take precautions and comply with the guidance of the order and any recommendations from the County Health Officer. If you choose not to wear a mask, a Deputy Sheriff by law, may NOT detain, cite, or arrest anyone for only violating the mask order.

Please keep in mind that private business owners and some public buildings may require you to put on a mask upon entering the establishment. Please respect those requests.
Continue to practice social distancing, good personal hygiene, and stay healthy.

-Sheriff Danny Smith”