Commissioners exempt Osage County from governor’s emergency order

The Osage County Commissioners held a special meeting this afternoon, July 2, 2020, and exempted Osage County from the governor’s executive order regarding wearing of masks and other safety measures to combat the COVID-19.

The following is the resolution signed by the commissioners to exempt the county from the governor’s order:

RESOLUTION NO. 2020-05

AN ORDER EXEMPTING OSAGE COUNTY, KANSAS FROM EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-52

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 33, paragraph (h) of House Bill No. 2016, the Board of County Commissioners may issue an order relating to public health that includes provisions that are less stringent than the provisions of an executive order effective statewide issued by the Governor.

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has consulted with the Osage County Health officer regarding the Governor’s July 2, 2020 executive order and makes the following findings:

a.) Covid-19 cases remain low in Osage County with little if any evidence of community spread.

b.) Enforcement of the Governor’s executive order mandating masks would be difficult, if not impossible and would be an unreasonable strain on county resources such as PPE and local law enforcement.

c.) Broad ranging recommendations on safety precautions to fight the potential spread of Covid-19 better serve the public’s overall interests than Governmental mandates.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Board of County Commissioners of Osage County, Kansas, that Osage County is hereby exempt from the requirements set forth in Executive Order No. 20-52 issued by the Governor of the State of Kansas.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of July, 2020.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

See related story: Gov. Kelly signs executive order mandating masks in public spaces

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