Omaha City Council OK’s Mask Mandate

The Omaha city council has approved an emergency mask mandate in indoor public places to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

The measure passed 7-0 on Tuesday after four hours of testimony from a divided public.

The proposal had received support from many of the city’s biggest companies, including Union Pacific, TD Ameritrade, Mutual of Omaha and First National Bank.

The requires masks in places such as schools, businesses and churches. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars, exercising in gyms and visiting government offices would be excluded.

Douglas County, which includes Omaha, has reported 11,449 coronavirus cases and 138 deaths. The number of new daily cases has trended down over the last week.