Jun 30, 2020 3:21 PM

Great Bend Mayor: Mask requirements should be local government decision

Posted Jun 30, 2020 3:21 PM

In reference to Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s upcoming mandate on wearing masks, Great Bend Mayor Cody Schmidt mentioned, “if we have to put them on, I guess we have to put them on to get through this mess.”

On the 100.7 Eagle Country Morning Show Tuesday, Schmidt felt the decision to wear a mask should be up to local governments and not be required by the state.

"I would love to see her kick it back down to the counties and let them make their own decisions," said Schmidt. "Then your county could work with your city officials and put together the best plan for each county. That just makes more sense to me."

Beginning at 12:01 a.m., July 3, every Kansan in a public space will be required to wear a mask. Local officials will be responsible for enforcing the mandate.

Under the order, Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants and any situation in which social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.