2 more Nebraska cities require masks amid COVID-19 surge

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FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts, with first lady Susanne Shore behind him, acknowledges veterans sitting in the visitor’s balcony during his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Lincoln, Neb. Gov. Ricketts and first lady Susanne Shore have gone into quarantine after both were exposed to a person with the coronavirus, the governor’s spokesman announced Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two more of Nebraska’s biggest cities joined the growing list of communities that have passed local mask requirements in the face of the governor’s refusal to issue a statewide mask order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Grand Island and La Vista voted Tuesday to approve mask mandates, joining the likes of Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, Beatrice and Ralston.

Gov. Pete Ricketts has rejected issuing a statewide mandate because he believes it would generate resistance.

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus decreased slightly on Tuesday, to 936, but the total remains close to the point at which Ricketts said he would impose more social distancing restrictions.

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