The City of Manhattan face mask ordinance is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on May 16. The threat of the coronavirus is decreasing in the Manhattan area, and the positivity rate in Riley County has been less than 5% for the past three months. Starting Monday, May 17, people will no longer be required to wear face masks inside City buildings or outside on City job sites.
Masks will continue to be required at federal facilities, at airports, and for anyone using public transportation such as buses.
Private businesses may still require customers or visitors to wear masks even after local government mask mandates are lifted. This is similar to the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy you’ve seen before at businesses. This applies before and after May 17.
The City Commission room at City Hall will be back to full capacity starting at the May 18 City Commission meeting. Advisory Boards, Committees and Task Forces will have the option to meet virtually, in person, or a combination of both. Check meeting agenda's for details on whether meetings will be held in person and/or broadcast for the public.
In addition to being able to submit public comment during City Commission meetings in-person, there will still be the availability to submit direct public comments to City Commission on the city's website through an online form. A link to do so will be available on each meeting agenda.
People are encouraged to continue practicing healthy hand hygiene and protective behaviors, including handwashing and social distancing. The community has shown compassion, perseverance, and patience as we have worked through this crisis together. If we continue to show each other respect and courtesy, we will emerge from the pandemic a stronger community.