Omaha's mask mandate brings legal threats, questions
Omaha woke up today to a new mask mandate and plenty of questions.
The Attorney General is threatening to sue if the mandate isn't lifted, as both the governor and mayor of Omaha blast the new order.
The indoor mandate, imposed by the Douglas County Health Director, effects schools and businesses but comes with a long list of exceptions as well.
[NCN's Joe Jordan spoke with the Director about those exceptions and the possible fallout above]
Take a look:
Any individual or entity which maintains premises open to the general public including but not limited to educational institutions shall require all individuals aged 5 and older to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors unless the individual maintains at least six feet of separation at all times from anyone who is not their household member except face coverings will not be required if the individual:
- Is seeking federal state city municipal or county government services
- Is seated at a bar or restaurant to eat or drink or while immediately consuming food or beverages
- Is engaged in exercise
- Is engaged in an occupation preventing the wearing of a face covering
- Is obtaining a service or purchasing goods or services that require the temporary removal of the face covering
- Is providing a speech lecture or broadcast or officiating a religious service to an audience so long as six feet of distancing from other individuals is maintained
- Is participating in a religious service
- Cannot otherwise wear a face covering because of a medical condition a mental health condition or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering and or
- The individual is under five years of age
The mandate is set to last four weeks.