Douglas County Commission to consider extending mask mandate for children ages 2-11

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As its sole regular agenda item, the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will discuss a possible extension of the countywide mask mandate for kids put into place last month

The order requires children from ages 2-11 to wear masks indoors in public spaces, including healthcare facilities and public transportation. It includes limited exceptions, such as medical conditions, religious services, or eating and drinking while seated at a restaurant.  

County staff have posed two possible expiration dates for the extended mask order: 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 1 or on Dec. 22. The order originally went into effect on Aug. 19 after county commissioners were presented with a recommendation from local health officials. Public health staff recommended children who are still too young to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — and, therefore, at increased risk of being infected — continue to take precautions against COVID-19 in the face of contagious variants.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, as well as virtually on Zoom. Residents can make live comment either in person or virtually. Written comments must be submitted by emailing at least 24 hours before the meeting. 

Read the mask order and the possible extension here. Read more background from the Times at this link.

There will also be a work session on the county’s facility masterplan, starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Find the full meeting agenda here.

See the latest COVID-19 stats for Lawrence and Douglas County on The Lawrence Times’ stat dashboard at this link.

Find out where you can get the free COVID-19 vaccine at this link.

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