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Wyandotte County to require masks in public, starting Tuesday

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Posted at 1:05 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 14:05:20-04

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Wyandotte County officials have issued a Health Order requiring masks in public to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wyandotte County.

The order goes into effect at 5pm on Tuesday, June, 30.

The move is in response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County and only days after officials extended the Phase 3 of the Ad Astra reopening plan until at least July 6.

"The seven day rolling average of positive cases continues to be on the upswing," said Dr. Allen Greiner, Chief Medical Officer of the Unified Government Public Health Department.

The Local Health Order requires:

Individuals are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth when in a public, indoor space (including a workplace, business, or place of worship).
Masks should be carefully positioned over the mouth and nose when it is put on, in a manner to avoid touching or readjusting the mask until it is removed.
Masks are not required inside a solitary, enclosed workspace such as within an individual’s solitary office.
Individuals are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth when in a public, outdoor space (with the exception of socially-distanced outdoor exercise).
This includes all outdoor public gatherings such as bus stops, farmers markets, places of worship and restaurant bar or patio seating areas.
Masks are not required when eating or drinking, but individuals should remain socially distanced and are required to wear a face mask before and following eating.
Washing your hands is encouraged before taking masks off and prior to putting them back on.
Individuals with medical conditions must wear a full face shield covering the mouth, nose and eyes as an alternative to a face mask (face shields have a piece of hard, clear plastic that sits in front of the face; these are often worn by healthcare workers in addition to other protective equipment)