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Lincoln mayor mandates masks in public to slow virus spread

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Posted at 11:24 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 00:25:24-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — People in Lincoln will be required to wear masks in public buildings starting Monday to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird says the new rules will require residents older than 5 years old to wear face coverings in public, unless they can be kept at least six feet apart at all times. The rule doesn’t apply to people who are outdoors, exercising, eating or drinking at a restaurant or bar, giving a speech or seeking federal, state or county services.

It also doesn’t include people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask. The rule runs through Aug. 31.

Gov. Ricketts' office said he strongly disagrees with Baird's decision to mandate masks.

"This is not a data-driven decision based on the current numbers in Lancaster County at this time," Ricketts' office said in a statement. "We are reviewing legal options."