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Wyandotte County commissioners requiring most residents to wear masks indoors

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county in the Kansas City area is requiring most residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces and on public transportation.  

Wyandotte County’s mandate is a response to the spread of the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant.

The county commission approved the mask mandate Thursday night on an 8-2 vote, and The Kansas City Star reports that it took effect immediately.

The commission imposed the requirement for county residents above the age of 5 but exempted the small towns of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

The delta variant has caused new COVID-19 cases to rise steadily in Wyandotte County and across Kansas over the past six weeks.

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