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Papillion City Council passes mask ordinance

Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 6:47 PM CST
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PAPILLION, Neb. (WOWT) - The Papillion City Council passed a mask ordinance during a special meeting Thursday night. Its ordinance, however, is different than other communities.

On Wednesday night, Councilmembers heard public comment about the suggested ordinance, which aligns with similar mask rules other city’s around the state have passed in recent weeks.

“This isn’t about ourselves it’s about doing what we can to help everybody in our communities that’s where my vote had to come down to as am I thinking about myself or am I thinking about others,” council member Lou Ann Kluch said.

An amendment was worked into the ordinance Thursday night that ties Papillion’s mask requirement to the governor’s color coded system that addresses Directed Health Measures. It will be lifted once the governor’s color coded system falls below yellow, which means fewer than 15% of available hospital beds in the state are occupied by COVID-19 patients. At the time the ordinance passed, the number was around 21%.

“I know this is going to pass 7 to 1 and to me that doesn’t feel like home and that doesn’t give me a small town feel. That feels like oppressive overreach of government to me it feels like TYRANNY and it feels like subjugation that’s what it feels like to me,” council member Steve Sunde said.

The ordinance was passed by a 7-1 vote. It went into effect immediately.

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