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Omaha City Council votes in favor of a mask mandate

Posted at 2:02 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 00:27:21-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha's city council voted 7-0 in favor of a mask mandate on Tuesday afternoon.

The mandate goes into effect immediately and lasts until September 15.

Citizens both in favor and against a mandate made their voices heard to council members during a four hour session.

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour also made an appearance, with various healthcare workers speaking as well.

The ordinance requires Dr. Pour to provide weekly updates on COVID-19.

All people five years or older have to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors in an area open to the general public. That includes places like educational institutions.

There are various exceptions in place, including if someone has a disability, medical or mental health condition that makes communication with that person difficult while wearing a mask.

Other exceptions include seeking governmental services, eating or drinking at a restaurant or bar, or doing activities such as swimming where the mask would get wet.

Those in violation could be subject to a $25 fine.

Omaha, the 40th largest city in America, was the last of the country’s largest cities without a mandate before the vote.

If voted into law, the mandate could include a fine for those fail to follow it.

Watch Monday's meeting below.