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For Immediate Release
August 20, 2021
Nicole Gibbs


Minns Proposes Mask Order & Special Board of County Commissioners Meeting

Garold Minns, MD, Local Health Officer for Sedgwick County, has proposed a Public Health Order. This order would not become effective unless the Board of County Commissioners votes to approve. This proposed order will require any person within Sedgwick County to wear a mask or other face covering in the following situations: 

  • within any indoor public space
  • while outdoors, in line waiting to enter an indoor public space and/or unable to maintain social distancing at all times
  • while riding on public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle 

Additionally, it is proposed all businesses, organizations and non-profits in Sedgwick County must require all employees, customers, visitors or members of the public to wear a mask or face covering when: 

  • employees are working in any space visited by customers or members of the public
  • employees who are working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution
  • employees are in any room or enclosed area where other people are present and unable to maintain a six foot distance except for infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity 

There are some exceptions to this proposal. These exceptions include: 

  • children age two years and under
  • persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, who are hearing impaired or have a disability that prevents wearing a face covering
  • individuals who are actively speaking in front of an audience of other individuals, including at a religious institution, wedding, funeral, an open meeting of a political or taxing subdivision 

This proposed Public Health Order will go before the Board of County Commissioners meeting at 4 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 on the third floor of the main courthouse, 525 N. Main. The public may come to speak. If unable to attend the meeting in person, comments may be emailed to, or submitted online at This meeting will be in person and streamed on Sedgwick County’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.