Masks required in Lincoln starting Monday

Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 8:16 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A new Directed Health Measure which requires individuals to wear face masks inside will start on Monday. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and health officials recently made the announcement.

The new Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department DHM requires all individuals to wear a mask if they go into a facility that’s open to the public, unless six feet of distance can be achieved and guaranteed at all times. The DHM will remain in effect from July 20 to Aug. 31.

Exceptions to the rules include the following:

  • Individuals ages four and younger.
  • If exercising.
  • If eating or drinking at bars or restaurants.
  • If individuals have a medical condition.
  • If presenting or broadcasting or giving speech.
  • Anyone seeking state/county services.

“The fact is that mask wearing is one of the most powerful tools we have to stop and slow the spread of the virus,” said Pat Lopez, Interim Health Director.

As of Monday morning, 52 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln, bringing the community total to 2,482. The number of deaths in the community has increased to 14.

The number of recoveries across the state has increased to more than 17,000.

Officials noted the number of young adults with COVID-19 cases has significantly risen. According to officials, individuals age 20 to 29 are 18.5 percent of the population, but 54 percent of new cases over the last two weeks

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