Mask Protocol in Effect
by Tammie Hensley | November 26, 2020 8:56 am
Last Updated: November 25, 2020 at 2:59 pm
The Grant County Commissioners held a special meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the fire department. Those in attendance were Commissioners Kevin Shapland, Janet Stewart and Mark McGaughey, Ulysses Mayor Tim McCauley, City Administrator Alan Olson, City Councilman Ken Warner, County Clerk Sheila Brown, USD 214 Superintendent Dave Younger, State Representative Marty Long, Chamber of Commerce director Marieta Hauser, Economic Development Director Bob Dale, Emergency Medical Service Director Paul Fort, Fire Chief John Crosby, Sheriff Lance Babcock, Kristi Meier from Centura Bob Wilson Hospital and Tammie Hensley from the Ulysses News.
The meeting was held to discuss the Executive Order signed by Governor Laura Kelly scheduled to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Executive Order No. 20-68 establishes a face coverings protocol in the State of Kansas. Those in attendance voiced their opinions and discussed what is best for Grant County. The consensus was to opt out of the Governor’s order and draft a protocol that better suits the needs and desires of the people of Grant County. The resolution which was approved unanimously by the County Commission will be less restrictive than the one which came from the Governor’s office.
The main emphasis of the county’s protocol is that a face covering will be required to be worn in public places and in businesses when social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. Community leaders are in agreement that this protocol will be in the best interest for the safety and health of the citizens of Ulysses and Grant County. The County Commission will review the COVID-19 statistics regularly and review the mask protocol monthly. The resolution will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 to correspond with the state’s order.
Shapland adjourned the meeting at 10:00 a.m.