Controversial billboards pop-up, anti-mask messages
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Two controversial billboards can be seen decorating Omaha’s skylines.
They read “It’s not about a virus. It’s about control.” likely referring to the Omaha City Council’s decision to extend the mask mandate into February. In fact, the billboards went up near 132nd and Millard Ave. and 144th and Industrial Rd. less than 24 hours of the vote.
Some have taken to social media, encouraging others to call Link Media Outdoors, the billboard owner, to demand the signs be taken down. The company has since removed the signs.
The billboard is believed to have been funded by a group called “No Mask Omaha”.
This comes as Douglas County reaches a positivity rate of 29.2% and 86% hospital occupancy.
Physicians at Nebraska Medicine released the following statement concerning the billboards:
“In light of the current surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations that are overwhelming health care resources, we find this statement not only blatantly false, but also irresponsible and dangerous.“