Omaha mask mandate could be extended until late May

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 00:16:35-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Omaha's mask mandate could soon be extended for a few more months.

Councilmembers Pete Festersen and Ben Gray are seeking to extend the city's mask mandate for about 90 days.

The current mandate ends on Feb. 23. The extension would keep an ordinance in place until late May.

A first reading on the possible extension is set for the Jan. 26 city council meeting, with a public hearing planned on Feb. 2 and a final vote on Feb. 9.

Omaha’s mask mandate requires all people five and older to wear a mask when they are in an indoor space that is open to the public unless six feet of separation from others can be achieved at all times.

There are a host of exceptions for things such as exercising in gyms as well as certain medical and mental health conditions.

While coronavirus vaccine distribution has started, only select groups have been made eligible to receive it so far. General population availability isn't expected until later in the year.

Omaha's mask ordinance first went into effect last August.

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