KEARNEY, Neb. – (KGFW) At Tuesday’s Kearney City Council Meeting, Mayor Stan Clouse read the final draft for the proposed mask proclamation that can be used around the community:
“Whereas COVID-19 is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread through small droplets when individuals breathe out, talk, cough or sneeze. And whereas COVID-19 continues to be present in the city of Kearney and Buffalo County with recent increases in reported positive cases in not only our region but in states across the country.”
“And whereas it is critically important to protect the residents, visitors, students and employees in the city of Kearney from the spread of COVID-19. And whereas the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that wearing face shields, coverings or cloth face masks has proven to be one of the most effective means to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus among persons in public settings.”
“Now therefore, be it resolved on behalf of the citizens of Kearney, Nebraska. We, in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in its impact on our community, do hereby encourage the residents of the city of Kearney as well as the visitors to our city to follow all public health recommendations and guidelines related to COVID-19. Including the use of face shields, coverings or cloth face masks in public and private areas when social distancing is not possible or practical.”
Council members find it important to note that this is a proclamation for the city, not a mandate that requires residents to wear a mask.