Current COVID-19 Restrictions
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Listed below are the current coronavirus restrictions in place that impact your community. We will be updating this page as restrictions and guidelines change.
Last updated: 5/21/21
On Nov. 13, Governor Pete Ricketts outlined restrictions that could be imposed if Nebraska’s hospital capacity continues to decrease.
Ricketts released a color-coded chart with hospital bed thresholds based on the percentage of staffed beds occupied by COVID-19 patients over a 14-day rolling average.
As of Jan. 30, Nebraska has moved into the “green,” signaling that less than 10% of state hospital beds are being used for COVID-19 patients.
“Green” level restrictions include:
- Green – >10%
- COVID-19 guidance remains and is recommended.
- Indoor gatherings, including youth activities, maximum capacity raises to 100%.
- Gatherings of 500 or more people (1,000 or more in Douglas County), must still be approved by their local health department.
- Quarantine requirements:
- “Close contact” is defined as contact with someone who is COVID positive, displaying COVID symptoms, or displays COVID symptoms and/or tests positive within 48 hours of contact.
- If Nebraskans who have been fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine after close contact. Instead, they will have to “self-monitor”, meaning they must wear a mask for 14 days from the date of exposure and monitor for symptoms.
- Nebraskans who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months do not need to quarantine after close contact but are encouraged to monitor for symptoms.
To review the full chart, click here.
Each county in Nebraska follows its own personalized Direct Health Measures (DHM), set by their local health departments. However, there is a list of state guidelines all 93 counties should follow:
- Social distancing (six feet) must be upheld between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- A face-covering must be worn in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.)
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with sick people.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Lincoln/Lancaster County Restrictions
In addition to Nebraska’s current DHM, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) also moved into the ‘green,’ adopting new, relaxed restrictions that began Friday, May 21.
Most notably, these DHMs no longer include a mask mandate.
The new DHMs are as follows:
- You are no longer required to wear a mask or maintain social distancing, except where it is required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws. Businesses are also able to individually enforce mask-wearing on their property.
- Face coverings should be worn when under quarantine or if an individual is symptomatic.
- If you experience flu or COVID-like symptoms, you are still encouraged to stay home.
- COVID-19 surface disinfection techniques should still be maintained.
- High-risk persons should continue social distancing and masking around others. Otherwise, they can resume their normal routine.
- Follow CDC travel guidelines.
- When traveling within the U.S. you no longer need to get tested or self-quarantine before or after your travels.
- You should still get tested three to five days after traveling internationally.
- You no longer need to self-quarantine after having contact with someone positive for COVID-19, unless you begin to display symptoms.
- Persons who live or work in a correctional or intentional facility or homeless shelter should still get tested after having contact with someone positive for COVID-19 regardless of symptoms.
For a full list of Lancaster County’s DHM’s, click here.
Lincoln Public Schools Restrictions
Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) collaborates with LLCHD to create restrictions for the school district.
Under the current DHMs, all students, staff, and visitors are to wear face masks (excluding medical exemptions).
On Feb. 23, Lincoln Public School (LPS) Superintendent Steve Joel, announced the district has plans to eliminate its current 3/2 plan for all high school students.
Initially, LPS planed to offer a 100% year-long remote program for students who wished to opt-in. However, due to limited resources, they had to pull the program.
Click here for a full list of LPS’s coronavirus guidelines.