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Face Masks Required in all KDOC buildings

by Rebecca Witte last modified Jul 02, 2020 03:19 PM
Consistent with Governor Kelly’s Executive Order #20-52 requiring the use of facemasks in public places, beginning July 3rd, anyone entering KDOC buildings (facilities, parole offices, central office) will be required to wear a mask.

This protocol applies to use of masks, which most commonly are cloth masks, in common areas and offices. This protocol does not alter or override KDOC guidelines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in certain close contact encounters as described at

  • Anyone entering a KDOC office building or facility will be required to wear a mask
  • Masks may be homemade from cloth or a commercially available mask such as an N-95 or surgical mask
  • Staff shall wear their mask during the course of performing their normal work duties
  • Residents shall wear their mask when in common areas where others may frequent and/or within 6 feet of another person
  • For personal comfort, or necessity of a specific task, masks are not required when:
    • at a workstation, in an office, or in a room (ex. conference room) without the presence of another person;
    • engaged in activities that cannot be completed with a mask such as eating a meal or personal hygiene activities; or,
    • a resident who is in their assigned cell or bunk

Furthermore, staff are expected to wear a mask whenever they are engaged in official duties off site from their work location to include, but not limited to:

  • Visits with persons under community supervision;
  • Going into another building or place of business (ex. to pick up or deliver goods or materials from/to a vendor); or
  • When more than one person is in a state owned or leased vehicle, with only one person per row in the vehicle

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