The Winfield City Commission will address face coverings in public to prevent the spread of COVID -19, during its meeting Monday.
The agenda for the 5:30 p.m. meeting includes an item in other business that states, “Consider possible action related to facial coverings/masks inside the corporate limits.”
The move comes just three days after the Cowley County Commission vote to opt-out of a statewide executive order by Gov. Laura Kelly mandating that masks be worn in public, including outdoors when social distancing was not possible.
The agenda for the Winfield meeting states that it is being held online, although the location may move. Access to the online meeting is https://www.gotomeet.me/WinfieldKansas, or by calling toll free 1-866-899-4679, or 1-789-535-3119 with access code 969-810-229. The city announced Monday that an in-person meeting will be held at the Island Park Performance Venue at the same time as the online meeting.
County commissioners on Friday voted 3-0 to buck the mandate, saying it should be left up to individuals to decide for themselves. Cowley County joined other area counties including Sedgwick, Butler and Sumner counties in rejecting the order. Those three counties encouraged the use of masks, something Cowley commissioners did not do.
After Sedgwick County bucked the mandate, the Wichita City Council voted 4-3 Friday in a special meeting called by its mayor to require masks in public, according to the Associated Press. Violators face a $25 fine for the first infraction.
Under state law, violation of the governor’s order -- where it remains in place -- is considered a civil violation, which could be enforced by the county or a prosecutor filing a lawsuit in court, according to Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
The Wichita Eagle reported that the civil fine under the state law could reach $2,500.