Converse County Health Officer Dr. Mark Campbell received approval from State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist Nov. 18.

The new mandate goes into effect Nov. 20 for two weeks, which gives the county health department an option to readjust or extend the orders if needed, according to Campbell.

The mandate requires face masks be worn by all adults in the county in certain places open to the public with some exceptions.

Face coverings are to be worn by everyone, except minors, when out in public.

The mask requirement for students while in school has not changed and is not affected by the new mandate.

The full story will be in the Nov. 25 issue of the Douglas Budget.

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