Hays City Commissioners approve mask ordinance

Hays Daily News
The room was packed for Thursday night's Hays City Commission meeting, with many in the hallway for social distancing, and taking the podium to speak.

Hays City Commissioners this evening voted 4-1 for an ordinance requiring the wearing of face masks in public spaces in town to take effect in the city of Hays beginning 8 a.m. Monday, July 27, to expire midnight Aug. 31, for people ages 8 and up.

There are 10 exemptions to the ordinance, including for people with health conditions that keep them from wearing a mask.

Under the ordinance, masks must be worn in public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks can come off when people are able to maintain a social distance in situations like sitting in a restaurant.

Masks will not be required for outside activities such as jogging, walking, bicycling or playing in a park.

Commissioners Shaun Musil, Sandy Jacobs, Michael Berges and Ron Mellick voted to pass the ordinance, while Commissioner Mason Ruder voted against it.

The meeting room was packed, with many in the hallway for social distancing, and taking the podium to speak.

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