TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is mandating that people wear masks in public spaces starting Friday to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Democratic governor said her administration will issue specific guidance later this week and local officials will enforce the policy.
Kansas health officials on Monday reported at least 14,443 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 905 since Friday. 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.
Kelly said evidence shows mask wearing is safe and necessary to avoid another shutdown.