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Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask in most settings. Here’s where you do in Shawnee County.



TOPEKA, Kan. – The CDC changed its guidance on wearing masks, saying those who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear a mask or social distance in most indoor settings and outdoors.

But the guidance still says masks should be worn in crowded settings, such as on buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

Masks should also still be worn by those who haven’t been vaccinated, are in the process of getting fully vaccinated or aren’t eligible yet.

So what does that mean for Shawnee County residents? Here’s a rundown of when and where you still need to wear a mask.

If a business still requires you to wear a mask

Shawnee County commissioners voted in late March to allow any party — businesses, churches, nonprofits — to opt out of the mask mandate.

That means it is up to the discretion of each individual business whether a mask should be worn. Most businesses will have signage posted on what their specific guidance is.

If you’re in Shawnee County or the City of Topeka building

Masks are optional in Shawnee County buildings, except for the health department and Department of Corrections facilities.

Vaccine clinics, including the one at the Stormont Vail Events Center, can still require masks to be worn.

Masks don’t have to be worn when entering the Shawnee County Courthouse but are required when entering a courtroom and court-related offices.

Starting Monday, May 17, masks won’t be required in city buildings with the exception of the courthouse.

If you’re using public transit

Topeka Metro still requires masks to be worn at all times while riding the bus. According to the metro’s website, those who don’t comply can be denied boarding or be removed.

If you’re visiting a health care facility

Mask requirements are up to the individual hospitals and nursing homes.

Where can I go get a vaccine?

Shawnee County residents can get a vaccine at the Shawnee County Health Department, St. Francis Hospital, Stormont Vail Health, Dillon’s, Walmart, Hy-Vee, Doug’s and Jayhawk pharmacies and GraceMed Health Clinic.

Visit the Shawnee County Health Department’s website or call 785-251-5600 for contact information for each individual location.