“Until we achieve a high vaccination rate, at least 70-80%, we still need some to wear masks indoors with large numbers of people,” Rauner said. “For example, how do we keep a grocery store safe if 30% of shoppers are unvaccinated, potentially contagious and don’t wear a mask?”
Dr. Renunga Vivekanandan, head of infectious diseases at CHI Health-Creighton, agrees that unvaccinated people should wear masks indoors where social distance cannot be maintained.
But she said Nebraska is at a point where vaccines are widely available to anyone who wants one, and the focus of doctors, health departments and others should be on increasing vaccination rates, rather than trying to impose masking.
If Lancaster County decides to allow his term to expire on May 21, it will not affect Lincoln Public Schools, whose last day for students is Thursday.
About 50-75 people protested near the LPS district office on O Street on Friday afternoon for the mask’s mandate and targeted health measures in the city.
LPS spokeswoman Mindy Burbach said the district continues to follow pandemic protocols established earlier in the school year that are in line with health measures targeting the county.