Mask Ordinance

SOCIAL MEDIA Mask Ordinance extended

La Vista Mask Ordinance Extended to May 25

The La Vista City Council has extended the City’s emergency mask ordinance until May 25.

The ordinance was initially approved in November in response to increased community transmission and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

At this time, COVID-19 remains a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of La Vista and the Omaha metro area.

According to a letter to support from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, preventative measures implemented at the end of 2020, such as La Vista’s mask ordinance, have had a positive impact on the number of positive cases as well as hospitalizations.

“That being said, the current disease levels remain concerning and have the same potential for explosive growth in cases, hospitalizations and deaths if community prevention measures are relaxed,” says the letter, which was signed by officials from the Global Center for Health Security. “Communities must continue to take action to suppress transmission to prevent excess deaths and hospitalizations that have stressed our hospitals to their breaking point for over four months.”

Continued wearing of face coverings will also help contain the spread of COVID-19 variants found recently in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.

The letter from UNMC goes on to say, “The public health and infectious disease experts in the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center agree that mandatory, universal facemask use is an effective tool for reducing community transmission of COVID-19 especially when faced with threat of more infectious coronavirus variants taking hold in our communities.”

La Vista’s mask ordinance will remain in effect until May 25, unless otherwise cancelled or extended.

Hotline for La Vista’s COVID-19 Mask Ordinance: 402.593.6407 or covidcomplaints@cityoflavista.org.

Face Masks Requirement for the City of La Vista

Any individual or entity which maintains premises open to the general public, including but not limited to educational institutions, shall require all individuals age 5 and older to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors unless the individual maintains at least 6 feet of separation at all times from anyone who is not their household member.

Face coverings will not be required if the individual

  • is seeking federal, state, county, or city governmental services;
  • is seated at a bar or restaurant to eat or drink, or while immediately consuming food or beverages;
  • is engaged in an occupation preventing the wearing of a face covering;
  • is obtaining a service or purchasing goods or services that requires the temporary removal of the face covering;
  • is asked to remove a face covering to verify an identity for lawful purposes;
  • is providing a speech, lecture, or broadcast to an audience so long as six (6) feet of distancing from other individuals is maintained; or
  • cannot otherwise wear a face covering because of a medical condition, a mental health condition, or a disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to wear a face covering.

You should not ask someone why they aren't wearing a face covering. It is not your job to intervene if someone isn't wearing a face covering. Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Your job is to wear your face covering and stay six feet away from others.

Residents are not required to wear face coverings outdoors, but it is highly recommended if social distancing isn't possible. This ordinance went into effect November 27 and will extend until February 23.

Downloadable/Printable Posters (PDF Format)

Why it is important to wear a cloth face covering

Considerations for wearing cloth face coverings

  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Literature on the impact of wearing masks to protect against COVID-19

Making sense of the research on COVID-19 and masks (https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/images/COVID-19/byu-covid-masks-abbott.pdf)

Universal masking to prevent COVID-19 transmission – the time is now (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768532