Sep 09, 2020 11:15 AM

After 9-hour meeting, Wichita votes to extend mask mandate

Posted Sep 09, 2020 11:15 AM
Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple answers questions during the 9 hour council meeting -image courtesy city of Wichita.
Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple answers questions during the 9 hour council meeting -image courtesy city of Wichita.

WICHITA —Despite over 100 who attended and spoke out against masks during Tuesday's 9-hour council meeting, the Wichita City Council  voted to extend the existing mask order until October 21.

The ordinance is in line with Sedgwick County’s order that begins September 9.

The Council also voted to lift the mandate prior to October 21 if the rate of virus positive percentage falls below 5 percent in Wichita. 

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SEDGWICK COUNTY —The Sedgwick County local health officer Dr. Gerald Minns signed a new emergency public health order Thursday, according to a media release from the county. It will take effect Sept. 9 and remain in effect until midnight Oct. 21.

Residents are sill required to wear masks or face coverings in public spaces. Children age 5 or younger are not required to wear masks. Masks with valves or vents are not allowed.

The order adopts Phase 2 of the Governor's Ad Astra Plan which allows groups of up to 15 people that must be located 6 feet away from other groups.

Businesses will be required to continue operating at 50 percent of the fire code occupancy and close to the public at 11p.m.

Minns will continue to review and monitor COVID-19 trends in the community and will consider lifting restrictions when trends move in a positive direction.