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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announces the implementation of a statewide policy mandating the wearing of face coverings in public to slow the spread of COVID-19 at a news conference on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

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Kansas to begin mandatory mask policy on Friday as COVID-19 cases in state trend upward

The state of Kansas, beginning on Friday, will require every person to wear a mask in public places where social distancing is not possible, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday. The marked escalation in Kansas’ strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 came after the state confirmed over 900 new cases of the respiratory virus over the past weekend. Repeatedly on Monday, Kelly stressed that mask wearing is currently the only method available to slow the virus spread in any meaningful way until a vaccine is readily available.

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