Home / News / Kansas News / Shawnee County decides to end mask mandate
health orders, mask mandate
Shawnee County commissioners voted on county health orders Monday. WIBW photo

Shawnee County decides to end mask mandate

The Shawnee County Commission decided at their meeting Thursday April 15 that the county’s mask mandate would end at midnight.

Private businesses, non-profits and other organizations will now decide for themselves if they still want to impose their own mandate and require masks.

Shawnee County Jail and Shawnee County Health Department will still require masks, but not other county properties.

The City of Topeka will continue to require masks in all City of Topeka buildings (City Hall, Holliday, Municipal Court, LEC, Fire Stations, etc.) until at least April 30th, 2021. At that time the City Manager will evaluate whether to continue the requirement.

The Topeka Metro Bus system has also announced it will continue to enforce its mask mandate.

Commissioners Kevin Cook, Bill Riphahn and Aaron Mays had decided in a March 29 meeting that the mask mandate would stay in place for county property, but that “any party” like businesses, churches, non-profits or individuals can decide to opt-out of the mask mandate.

At that point, many businesses removed the mask mandate signs, while others left up the signs but did not enforce them.

Of course, individuals can still choose wear their masks wherever they go.

READ: Downtown Topeka Farmers Market open for the season


The mask mandate had been in place in Shawnee County since July 6, 2020.

Other counties across Kansas have taken various actions recently, from retaining current mask mandate rules, to eliminating them altogether.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice

Go here to visit the Topeka Metro Voice Facebook page for local event notices, breaking news and local announcements. To help us spread the word, and to continue seeing our posts on your Facebook feed, “Like” the page and then like or share a post now and then, so that they will keep showing up in your feed.

Can You Help?

With events being postponed, and businesses & churches reducing services, the advertising that the Topeka Metro Voice relies on for support is drying up. For 15 years, Topeka Metro Voice has been a leader in community and faith-based news. We have historically relied on advertising to fund the mission of our publication and sharing the Good News, as well as supporting local small businesses and community events. We are now seeking partners who want to support our publication and our mission of faith-based journalism and supporting the community and local small businesses.

Do you like what you read here? Help us continue our mission by supporting the Topeka Metro Voice in print and online for as little as $5. Every contribution counts, big or small. We sincerely thank you for your continued support and encouragement in these critical times.