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Omaha, NE (November 19, 2020) - More than 150 clergy representing Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations throughout Nebraska have signed a letter from the Interfaith COVID Task Force, urging Governor Pete Ricketts to institute a statewide mask mandate. Signatures are still being collected at tinyurl.com/MaskOnNE.

“As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to ravage our communities and hospital systems, we are called as faith leaders to take a stand for and protect our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Masks are a simple but effective way to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. It is far past time to enact a mandate that helps protect the most vulnerable in our communities,” says Rabbi A. Brian Stoller, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel.

Tri-Faith Initiative convened the Interfaith COVID Task Force in April 2020 to address the needs of Nebraska congregations and their members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Task Force continues to respond to the pandemic’s impact on the state, where currently more than 2,000 Nebraskans are infected daily. Nebraska is experiencing a near-critical shortage of hospital beds, yet is one of the few states without a mask mandate.

“We are calling on Governor Ricketts to issue an executive order mandating a face-covering requirement throughout the state, along with a statewide moratorium on evictions. We are also urging him to pursue further investment in fighting food insecurity and housing crises,” says Wendy Goldberg, Executive Director of Tri-Faith Initiative.

In June, the Omaha Interfaith Community released Recommendations for Conducting Faith-Based Services during the COVID-19 pandemic in both English and Spanish.

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