Harper County Statement on Mask Wearing Requirements
Statement issued to the public by the Harper County Governing Body on July 1, 2020:
"The Kansas Governor issued a press release on June 29, 2020 indicating that she will likely sign an executive order requiring Kansas to wear masks in most public places on July 3. As of today, there has been no executive order issued.
Under the current local order, there is no requirement for masks, only a recommendation to wear masks where people believe it would protect their health. Kansas House Bill #2016 allows the Board of County Commissioners to make rules less restrictive than the Governor's Orders if it serves the health and well-being of their community. However, we cannot fully evaluate orders that are not signed and we are not able to meet at the end of the week.
At this time, it is important to give Harper County residents and business owners clarity as to what action we plan to take so they can make plans accordingly. It is the desire of this Board to allow masks to remain a recommendation and not a requirement within Harper County.
For this reason, we move that no masks be required in Harper County until further consideration at our regularly scheduled July 6, 2020 meeting. In the interim, if the Governor's order is legally found to supersede this motion, I request that our local law enforcement not write tickets or otherwise enforce mask requirements. Masks continue to be encouraged as individuals and businesses think are appropriate for their health."