Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a statewide order for residents to wear face masks in public. The new mandate will take effect on Friday, July 3 to slow down the transmission rate of COVID-19.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday the state has 14,443 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 270 deaths since the outbreak started.
The order requires Kansans to wear masks in restaurants, shops, stores, and other places where proper social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. Residents should also wear face masks outside.
“When the pandemic first hit, there was mixed messaging about masks. Now the evidence could not be clearer. Wearing a mask is not only safe but it is necessary to avoid another shutdown,” Gov. Kelly said.
She adds that the state will issue more detailed guidelines later in the week to implement the order at the local level.
The governor has tapped the Kansas Attorney General’s Office to ensure that the order complies with Kansas law.
Additionally, Kansas added Florida and South Carolina to its travel quarantine list to promote public safety. Kansans who have been to either state on June 29 or after that should be on quarantine for 14 days.