Omaha City Council is due to vote on the extension of the Mask Ordinance

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Douglas County’s Health Department is encouraging Omaha City Council to extend its mask ordinance.

The obligation to wear masks in the city expires on October 20th. The council plans to vote on the issue next week.

Those who agree with the Mask Ordinance say it works and should be expanded.

Omaha’s Mask Ordinance came into effect in August. It was extended by the Council on September 1st.

Now the Council is to vote on a further extension. Councilor Ben Gray said the city council will soon discuss where the city’s positivity rate needs to be before the ordinance is no longer needed.

“The Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and our local experts here are some of the best in the country. They tell us that five percent or less over a two week period gives us an opportunity to look at this and that again. Maybe open something up and things like that, ”Gray said. “But at this point this is one of the things we look at so we don’t have to do it every few weeks.”

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