Kansas governor mandates statewide use of masks

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is mandating that people wear masks in public starting Friday to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

The governor said her administration will issue specific guidance later this week and will work with the state attorney general’s office to implement the policy. Local officials would enforce the policy. 

Kansas health officials reported on Monday at least 14,443 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 905 since Friday. Kelly said evidence shows mask wearing is safe and necessary to avoid another shutdown.