Douglas County awaits decision on new mask guidelines


LAWRENCE, Kan. – While officials in Johnson County, Kansas have made their decision on mask policy going forward, other countries have not.

The people of Douglas County will have to wait about a week to find out if the CDC’s new mask guidelines will be passed in some form. This discussion will take place at a Douglas County commission meeting on May 19.

Along Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, people walking the sidewalk said the deployment was confusing.

Although Kansas Governor Laura Kelly approved the CDC’s new guidelines on Thursday, it became clear that it was still up to local governments to figure out how to change their rules.

During the pandemic, musical entertainment became a haven for Jaxon Ray.

“I kind of locked myself in my room. I have a small studio and I’m just working on production, just becoming a more serious musician, ”Ray said.

It was isolation broken by working at a local hardware store.

“Some customers are hostile towards you. I had a client who cursed me the other day by asking me to wear a mask. And there is a warrant so it’s the law right now. And that’s the store’s policy, ”Ray said.

“There are people who are going to put the mask under their nose or they will take it off when they speak, which defeats the purpose,” said Casey Green, owner of Guitarma.

Green has been strict on the mask rules throughout the pandemic. But he also looks forward to not having to enforce the mask rules or wear them if they are safe and allowed.

“I am delighted to hear that some of these rules are going to be relaxed. Especially when it comes to people who have been vaccinated, ”Green said.

However, the mask policy change could take longer in Douglas County.

According to a statement attributed to local health official, Dr Thomas Marcellino, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is “in the process of reviewing updated guidelines from the CDC and KDHE.” Throughout this pandemic, we have tried to remain consistent with state and federal public health officials. “

Green said he would look for updates.

“I will continue to follow whatever the county and state have come up with. As soon as the terms expire, you know, I’ll take the sign off and let people go on as we normally would, ”Green said.

“Honestly, at the moment I still don’t know,” Ray said of his own feelings.

“Because I myself am fully vaccinated. So I felt a little more comfortable. I hung out with more people. But there are a lot of people, as I said, who haven’t been vaccinated. And these people could still get very sick, ”Ray said.

“But I want to go see some live music by the end of the summer,” Ray said.

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