Topics of Grand Island council meetings clarified

Mask vote Tuesday at the earliest
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 9:33 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - There will not be a vote on a proposed mask ordinance at a special meeting of the Grand Island City Council Monday. Grand Island city officials have released a statement clarifying the agenda for the special meeting on Monday, and subsequent meetings.

The meeting on Monday will be limited to consideration of an ordinance to create a City Board of Health. That Board of Health would then meet Tuesday at noon to consider making recommendations to the council for a mask ordinance. That meeting would be at the City Meeting Room of City Hall.

If the Board of Health does make that recommendation, the ordinance would be considered during the city council’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.

That Tuesday night meeting would be the earliest the council would consider the ordinance.

The idea of city mask policies has been gaining ground in Nebraska in light of increased cases of COVID-19. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service’s data tracker, there have been 932 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 14 days in Hall County.

The City of Kearney passed an mask policy earlier this week. The City of Hastings will consider one at a their Monday meeting, pending the outcome of a Friday afternoon meeting of their Board of Health.

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