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Prairie Village Council Rejects A Face Mask Ordinance, But The Public Debate Continues

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Prairie Village Council members rejected by a vote of 7-5 a proposal to require face masks in public.

Public health officials across the country say wearing face masks in public cuts COVID-19 transmission rates, but elected officials in one Kansas suburb couldn't justify passing a law requiring the practice.

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