During a special City Council meeting today, the Wichita City Council voted to enact an ordinance to require the wearing of masks or other face coverings.
The ordinance mandates that face coverings are worn when residents are in any public space where social distancing of six feet at all times is not possible. There are exemptions to this mandate, including those with medical conditions, mental health conditions or disabilities that would preclude them from safely wearing a face covering, customers eating at restaurants and more.
The vote was 4-3, with Mayor Brandon Whipple, Vice Mayor Cindy Claycomb and Council Members Brandon Johnson and Becky Tuttle voting to approve, and Council Members James Clendenin, Jeff Blubaugh and Bryan Frye voting against. The ordinance is effective immediately. The ordinance will sunset on August 11 unless Council votes to extend it or repeal it prior to that date.
Those not in compliance will be asked to provide proof of a mask, and if they do not, will receive a $25 ticket on first offense, $50 on second offense and $100 on third offense.
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