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Kansas - COVID-19 Face Coverings and Business Obligations

On November 18, 2020, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly released Executive Order #20-68 mandating any person in Kansas to wear a face covering essentially at all times in a public area (inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space and outdoors when social distancing is impossible). The order also mandates that all businesses, open to customers or the public, require a face covering for employees, customers, visitors, and the public. Employees must wear a face covering at all times when working in an area that others can enter, regardless of whether another person is present, working around food, and in an enclosed area where other people are present and they cannot socially distance.

The face covering mandate does not apply to private offices or workspaces that are not open to customers or public visitors. It is also not required for the following persons:

  • With a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  • With a hearing impairment or communicating with someone with a hearing impairment, where the ability to see the mouth is essential; and
  • Subject to a work-related risk while wearing a face covering, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

The order is effective November 25, 2020 until rescinded or the Kansas COVID-19 State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier.