Masks Required on Topeka Metro Buses

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 7, 2020) — As of Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, requiring that any person in Kansas shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face covering when they are inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, and while outdoors in public spaces and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance between individuals (not including individuals who reside together).

On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Shawnee County Commission created their own mask mandate for Shawnee County that requires everyone 10 and older to wear facial coverings beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday in indoor and outdoor public places where social distancing cannot be achieved.

In response to these mask mandates, Topeka Metro requires that persons at the Quincy Street Station, and customers riding the bus and waiting at bus stops all wear face masks. Topeka Metro expects passengers to be responsible and to have their own mask to protect themselves and others. The mask requirement will go into effect on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Topeka Metro also encourages and will impose social distancing requirements in the lobby at Quincy Street Station, at bus stops and in the bus waiting areas in the Quincy Street Station lot.

Children under the age of 10-years-old are exempt from the mask requirement. Children under the age of 2-years-old should not wear a mask. Children between the ages of 2 and 10-years-old are encouraged to wear a mask with adult assistance and close supervision. Persons with a medical or mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask are exempt from the mask requirement. So are persons who are unconscious, incapacitated or are unable to remove the mask without assistance.

In the governor’s executive order, the definition of “mask or other face covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A mask or other face covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a mask or other face covering has two or more layers. A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.