Indoor mask mandate, continuation of Community Development public hearing, on tonight’s UG meeting agenda

An indoor mask mandate and the continuation of last week’s Community Development Block Grant public hearing are on tonight’s Unified Government meeting agenda.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. The public may attend in the lobby area of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., or virtually through a Zoom meeting, or may watch on UGTV cable television or on YouTube.

The proposed mask mandate would apply to all indoor public spaces, according to agenda information.

It also applies to all health care settings, as well as public transportation. In addition, businesses and organizations would be under a mask order if they are in a space visited by the public, or indoors, or around food, or indoors where members of the public are present.

Around midday Thursday, this proposed local health order was amended to include schools as places where masks must be worn.

If it passes, the proposed mask ordinance here would follow Kansas City, Missouri, which has already implemented a new mask ordinance for indoor spaces.

Those who are seated at a restaurant and eating would be exempt from the mask mandate. Athletes who are actively engaged in an organized sport would be exempt, but masks would be required for practice or other indoor physical activity.

The entire proposed resolution is in the agenda, which is posted at

The Community Development Action Plan will continue its hearing at the 7 p.m. meeting Aug. 5.

At last week’s public hearing, several persons said it was too difficult to make a public comment because of technical reasons in connecting to the meeting.

The public hearing then was extended to give more people the opportunity to comment.

To connect to the Aug. 5 meeting by Zoom, visit

The passcode is 739158.

The webinar ID is 882 9185 6071.

To connect to the UG meeting by telephone, call toll-free 877-853-5257 or 888-475-4499.

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