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Masks being mandated for COVID-19 in Reno and Harvey counties

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Reno County Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to rescind their override of Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 mandating masks in public spaces.

“They all suggested that cases are rising to the point that we need to take some action,” said Reno County Commissioner Ron Sellers. “We’ve just got to open up school this Fall.”

The commission said the executive order is now in effect in all of Reno County.

Under the order, masks will be required in stores, restaurants, and in any situation where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside. There are some exemptions to the order.

Click here to see a link to order.

Also, the Harvey County Commission voted unanimously today to require face masks county-wide in response to COVID-19 beginning Wednesday, July 15 at 12:01 a.m.

“We saw the numbers skyrocketing, and it was the time to do it,” said Harvey County Commissioner Randy Hague.

The county’s order requires individuals to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth in any indoor or outdoor public space where social distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained at all times.

The order does allow some exemptions, such as children 5 years old and younger, individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, and individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents the person from wearing a face cover.

“This isn’t about you or me, it’s about us, and we can only get through this if all of us work together to do this,” said Hague.

The order will be in effect through Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 11:59 p.m., though it may be re-evaluated before then. The order does not include criminal or financial penalties.

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