On Wednesday, March 31, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed a bill to continue increased access to health care during the pandemic. These provisions will extend through March 31, 2022.
Thursday morning, April 1, Kelly issued several executive orders as part of the state’s continued response to the pandemic. One of those was 21-14, which established a statewide mask mandate. Thursday afternoon, the Legislative Coordinating Council voted 5 - 2 to reject that executive order.
On March 25, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Public Health Order that includes requirements for the wearing of face masks in Johnson County. The order is effective through 11:59 p.m., on April 30. Thursday’s action in Topeka does not impact our county’s mask requirement.