As Lancaster County’s mask mandate expires, some places will still require them

There's a lot of places around town that will be dropping the mask requirement at midnight on Thursday but some are legally required to keep it and others say, they have to do it for the health of those they serve. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –There’s a lot of places around town that will be dropping the mask requirement at midnight on Thursday but some are legally required to keep it and others say, they have to do it for the health of those they serve.

“You will still be required to wear a mask,” Rachel Barth, with the Lincoln Airport said. “So, if you come into Lincoln airport to catch a flight or any airport for that matter, you will be required to wear a mask.”

While the Lancaster County mask mandate is set to on December 24th, places like the Lincoln airport will still require masks upon entry.

In fact, you need to have a mask handy when going on any public transportation, that’s because of a federal mandate that was recently extended by President Joe Biden that will now be in effect until March 18th, 2022.

“Just kind of reminder that, you know, not to get upset with our customer service staff.” Barth said, “We’re just following what we are supposed to be following to keep everybody safe.”

Not following the federal mask mandate could result in a fine and even being placed on a no fly lists.

For other places, that risk of not wearing a mask indoors is a matter of life or death.

“We serve a community from the ages of anywhere from 55 or 53, to 100. I think my oldest is 100. They come with many comorbidities, they have a lot of health issues.” Janine Petracek, with Havelock Manor said, “As you get older, and being able to wear a mask. Some of them don’t have the immune response, like a healthy 20 year old would.”

Senior living facilities and assisted living facilities will also still have mask requirements.

The protection is something Petracek says kept their residents at Havelock Manor COVID free for the past 22 months.

She said even if there wasn’t a requirement for mask, she will still wear one to make sure those who are vulnerable are kept safe.

“I will even wear my mask out in the stores and in public. Because I’m going back in and I’m taking care of that vulnerable population. I feel like that’s my duty, because that’s what I signed up for, is to serve and protect these residents,” Petracek said.

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