KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Due to a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases, Douglas County is requiring masks to be worn in indoor public spaces where six feet of separation is not possible beginning on Wednesday, July 1. Over the weekend, Douglas County confirmed 33 new positive COVID-19 cases. “Wearing masks and cloth face coverings is based on sound science that shows this practice will help slow the spread and decrease the transmission of COVID-19,” Douglas County Local Health Officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino said in a statement.
Douglas County is the most recent Kansas county to announce a mask policy. Over the weekend, Wyandotte County announced its own mask policy set to go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Johnson County, Kansas, has not issued a masks policy but encourages residents to wear them.
Jackson County, Missouri, also has a policy in place along with Kansas City, Missouri.