Masks mandatory in KC, coming soon to Columbia?

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Kansas City begins its new citywide mask mandate today. 

Mayor Quinton Lucas announced the mandate last week in response to a new surge of COVID-19 cases in the city and the state.

Under the mandate, face coverings are mandatory in those places where people can’t feasibly maintain at least 6 feet of separation.  The order runs through July 12.

Other cities across the state are considering similar mandates.  Springfield discussed one last week but made no decision.  Joplin also discussed one last week, but narrowing voted it down. 

Meanwhile, Columbia’s Mayor Brian Treece tweeted on Friday that he was asking the city manager to draft an ordinance for the city council to consider that would require masks in public places. 

Earlier today, officials in Jackson County announced a mask mandate for public places. This is the first county-wide mask requirement in the state.  Officials say it goes into effect later this week.