City of Dodge City Commission Rescinds Mask Ordinance
DODGE CITY, Kansas—The City of Dodge City Commission voted, 3 -1, to rescind the mask ordinance put in place on November 16, 2020. Commissioners voting in favor of ending the ordinance cited the decrease in the daily average of cases of COVID-19 in Ford County and that it will be up to businesses and individuals to continue the downward trend by choosing to keep wearing a mask.
During the discussion and review of the ordinance, City Manager Nick Hernandez reported that according to the information reported through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 metrics website, the 14-day rolling average of cases in Ford county had decreased by 81% since the ordinance was put in effect. The 7-day rolling average fell by 90% during the two months the ordinance was in place.
Commissioners encouraged the public to continue following the request of business and public places that wish to require masks to be worn though there is no longer an ordinance. The commission also noted that if cases begin to trend upward again, they will reconsider placing the ordinance back in effect.
The City of Dodge City government-owned facilities, including but not limited to City Hall, Municipal Court, Hennessy Hall, Mariah Hills Golf Course, Santa Fe Depot Complex, United Wireless Arena and Boot Hill and Casino Conference Center, along with City offices, will continue to require the wearing of facial coverings until further notice.