Council Unanimously Approves Face Covering Requirement Beginning Friday

WAYNE – Starting Friday, December 4 all individuals age five and older will be required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors in a premises that is open to the general public within the city limits of Wayne.

Councilmembers held their regularly scheduled Wayne City Council meeting from the Wayne Community Activity Center Community room Tuesday evening with limited seating while others could view the meeting virtually.

Julie Rother, Health Director with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department and Dr. Melissa Dobbins, a medical professional on the Northeast Nebraska Board of Health both addressed that face coverings are a tool into helping slow the spread of COVID-19. Both stated they would like to see this requirement last until a vaccine is in place for everyone, which could be March/April of 2021.

After councilmembers shared information they heard from their constituents in each of their wards, the vote went 8-0 in favor of the face covering requirement. This will add “Prevention of COVID-19” in the Wayne Municipal Code Title IX General Regulations, Chapter 94: Health & Sanitation.

A sunset date of 11:59 p.m. has been set for Tuesday, February 2 (first council meeting of the month) but councilmembers can abolish the requirement early or extend the date.

A few minor changes were being made to the ordinance, but the draft brought in front of the council can be found on the website under the City Council meetings tab or by clicking here.

Join City Administrator, Wes Blecke and Mayor, Cale Giese on the ‘View from Wayne America’ just after 9 a.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and just after 6 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and discussing what happened during the City Council meeting.