Wichita mayor upset with county's easing coronavirus rules

Posted at 4:36 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 17:36:12-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The mayor of Kansas’ largest city is upset that his local county commissioners have eased coronavirus restrictions so that bars and nightclubs can reopen.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said he wishes cities had more power to drive public health decisions.

Whipple was responding to the Sedgwick County Commission’s decision this week to lift all restrictions on businesses and individuals.

The commission rejected the advice of county Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns to keep nightclubs and bars closed for now and to continue limiting mass gatherings.

The commission instead only recommended that businesses follow guidelines for reopening.