Mask opponents protest at Wichita mayor’s home

WICHITA — Protesters who oppose a city ordinance requiring that masks be worn in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus gathered outside Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple’s home Saturday.

The Wichita City Council voted 4-3 Friday in a special meeting called by Whipple to require masks in public. The Sedgwick County Commission had voted Thursday to opt out of a statewide mask mandate from Gov. Laura Kelly, which the law allows them to do.

The Wichita Eagle reports the ordinance requires people to wear masks in public places where 6-foot social distancing is not possible.

The roughly eight protesters didn’t wear masks and didn’t meet the 6-feet social distancing guideline, which means they could have been fined $25.

Three Wichita officers stood near the protesters.

“At this time we are choosing education over enforcement. Especially because it is a new ordinance,” Sgt. Brian Mock said.


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