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Mayor, with majority support from city council, issues mask order for St. Joseph

The order will begin Monday, July 13 and will remain in effect for 60 days.

Posted: Jul 9, 2020 6:14 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2020 8:41 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Mayor Bill McMurray, with the support of a majority of city council members, issued a mask mandate Thursday during a work session. 

Employees and customers in retail spaces with more than 10,000 square feet will be required to wear masks starting next week. 

The order will begin Monday, July 13 and will remain in effect for 60 days. 

The order is a compromise between city council members with some calling for a blanket mask mandate, while others were against masks in any setting. 

The mayor is set to sign the declaration and once it does go into effect, it will apply to all customers and employees inside a store with more than 10,000 square feet. 

The two public health experts that attended the meeting encouraged a blanket mask mandate, saying that small crowded spaces have a greater risk of infection than where people can spread out. 

This is a developing story, stay tuned to KQ2 for further updates. 

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Temperatures are on the cool side this morning with lows in the 30s. A few areas of patchy frost will be possible in extreme NW Missouri this morning. Sunshine and mild temperatures will take over this afternoon with highs in the mid 60s. Saturday will start off dry and sunny with temperatures warming back into the mid 60s. Late Saturday into Sunday shower and thunderstorm chances return. A few thunderstorms could be on the strong to severe side. Several fronts will move through the area next week giving us roller coaster temperatures. Next week looks to start off dry but rain chances will return by mid week.
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