Cloud County Commission Adopts Face Covering Mandate


Commissioners in Cloud County today voted 2-1 to adopt an ordinance requiring the use of face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 across the county.

Commissioners Bill Garrison and Gary Caspers voted in favor of the mandate, which will be reviewed every 30 days and remain in effect until rescinded by the county health officer or the commission.

The ordinance also mandates that masks be worn in public spaces and also enforces isolation and quarantine orders.

According to KNCK Radio, the ordinance details five specific scenarios when people must mask up:

  • Inside any indoor public space when social distancing at all times is not possible;
  • In line and waiting to enter an indoor public space;
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings, including but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank, unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or in ridesharing vehicle; or
  • While outdoors in public spaces, when social distancing at all times is not possible.
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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