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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Masks Must be Worn Statewide

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly 3-17-20Governor Laura Kelly has announced that she will sign an Executive Order requiring that most Kansans in a public space must wear a mask beginning at 12:01 AM on Friday, July 3.

"This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy," Governor Kelly said. "Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down."

"Remember – my mask protects you, and your mask protects me," Governor Kelly said. "We're all in this together."

Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants and in any situation in which social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained, including outside. The order will be released on Thursday and will provide specific guidance regarding under what circumstances masks must be worn.

"I know Kansans will have many questions about this order – and we will answer them when it is released later this week," Governor Kelly said. "But by announcing the requirement today, people in our state will have the appropriate time to acquire the masks."

The Kansas Attorney General's Office will work closely with officials in Governor Kelly's administration to ensure that the order complies with Kansas law.

If people in Russell County need a mask, call 785-483-6433 or stop by the Russell County Health Department at 189 West Luray Street in Russell.

For more information on COVID-19 health guidance, please visit www.covid.ks.gov.

(Information courtesy Office of the Governor.)

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