TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ governor and its top public health official worry that the state won’t be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn’t reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases.
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told legislative leaders that a desire to reopen schools is a key reason for her executive order she issued Thursday to require Kansas residents to wear masks in public and their workplaces.
The order takes effect Friday. Some Republican legislative leaders criticized the order as going too far, but state officials don’t expect strict enforcement. Counties can opt out of the mandate.