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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People who live, work, and visit Kansas City, Missouri, may soon be required to wear masks for weeks to come September.

Mayor Quinton Lucas introduced an ordinance Thursday that, if passed, would extend the city’s mask rules and guidance through Sept. 23, 2021, regardless of vaccination status.

The mayor said a city council committee will discuss the mask ordinance next week.

Masks have been required for everyone age 5 and older in Kansas City, Missouri since Aug. 2, because of the spike in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant.

Originally, mayor Lucas said the mandate would be in place until at least 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, depending on the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

According to the new ordinance introduced at Thursday’s city council meeting, COVID-19 hospitalizations are the highest in almost six months, and area hospitals are near capacity.

The ordinance also mentions that the CDC continues to consider Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties as high transmission areas.

A Missouri law that Governor Mike Parson signed in June stipulates that local leaders can’t issue public health orders for longer than 30 days at a time without approval. That’s why the mayor is asking the city council to extend the health order until Sept. 23.