City to Consider Mask Mandate Repeal

On Thursday Kansas rescinded its statewide mask mandate. On Monday, the Salina City Commission will consider ending its local mask mandate.

After the CDC offered new masking guidelines, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a statement Thursday confirming that anyone who received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks ago can safely go about their day without a face mask. Masks will still be required at businesses who have their own policies, at healthcare facilities, and on public transportation.

While the state order is ended, local cities and counties can still enact and enforce their own ordinances.

Salina is one of the cities in Kansas that still has an ordinance in place. City commissioners Monday will consider repealing the ordinance.

Normally to repeal an ordinance it would take two meetings to do so, with a first reading at the first meeting and then a second and final reading at the second meeting. Commissioners, though can elect to have the second reading on the same day.

If approved, a repeal would not go into effect until it is published in the newspaper of record, the Salina Journal, probably later in the week.