Emporia City Commission extends mask ordinance to Feb. 23 Featured

Emporia City Commission extends mask ordinance to Feb. 23 Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The city of Emporia’s mask mandate will continue for another month at least following the city of Emporia’s recent action session Wednesday evening.

Commissioners unanimously approved extending the ordinance through Feb. 23 with no changes to the language or contents of the order. Per the extension, Emporia residents will still be required to mask up in certain circumstances, including indoor and outdoor public places where social distancing can’t be maintained and any time residents are receiving healthcare services.

With Lyon County and Governor Kelly announcing the launch of phase two of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan Wednesday, there are those who are hopeful this will mean certain restrictions may be lifted in the near future. Commissioner Susan Brinkman believes it may be a bit soon to start considering a loosening of restrictions.

However; she says the most recent COVID-19 report from Lyon County Public Health is helping her become more optimistic as the pandemic continues.


This is the fourth extension of the ordinance that has been in place since August.

In other business Wednesday, commissioners approved a proposal for a quote from Mitchell Markowitz Construction for a replacement project for the Emporia Public Library’s roof and skylight. The total price for the project comes out to just over $218,700 and will include a total replacement of both the skylight and the installation of a new roof.

The project will be funded out of the city’s multi-year fund. Work is slated to begin in April and be completed by June.

One executive session also took place Wednesday night. No action was taken.

City commissioners will reconvene next Wednesday for a study session inside the Municipal Court Room at White Auditorium.

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