Winfield city commissioners on Monday, voted unanimously to require the use of masks or face coverings in public settings where social distancing is not possible. The new law goes into effect this Friday, and the commissioners said they will take another look at it and decide whether or not to extend it, or to let it expire, when they meet next month, on August 13th. The decision in Winfield comes just days after the Cowley County commission voted to reject an executive order from Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly requiring the use of face coverings in public. The new ordinance in Winfield will follow the state order. There are exceptions… including for those under the age of 5 and for anyone with a medical condition that prevents wearing a face covering. Also exempt are the hearing impaired, and anyone obviously eating at a restaurant. Also exempt are people participating in athletic events. Schools and educational institutions are also exempt from requiring masks. Before the vote, city leaders heard from citizens both in favor of and against a mask requirement. Winfield Police say enforcement will simply consist of working with the community and providing information and resources.