Leawood is latest Johnson County city to decide against new mask mandate — Here’s the reasoning

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The Leawood City Council on Tuesday discussed whether to enact a mask mandate, ultimately deciding against enforcing one due to logistical and enforcement concerns. Above, two people wear masks while walking in Leawod's Park Place shopping center. File image.

After an impromptu and, at times, spirited conversation this week, the Leawood City Council unanimously chose to not initiate a new mask mandate for the time being.

Though the topic was not on the council’s agenda for its Tuesday meeting, Leawood Fire Chief Colin Fitzgerald said it came up after several residents had reached out to city staff about the issue.