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FAIRWAY, Kan. — Following the lead of three other Johnson County cities, the Fairway City Council voted to put a new mask mandate in place Thursday night.

During a special meeting the council voted 6-1 to approve an ordinance requiring anyone older than five to wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth while in indoor, public spaces. 

Public and private schools within the city limits are exempt from the mandate; however, some students may be required to wear a mask under the county mandate. It requires masking for all students through 6th grade in local school districts. 

Synagogues, mosques, churches and other places of worship are also exempt from the mandate. Federal and county government buildings are also exempt from masking requirements.

People who chose not to wear a mask could face a $25 fine. If approved, the mask mandate would be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, unless extended by the council. 

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