Gov. Ricketts outlines state restrictions based on hospital capacity

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday outlined restrictions that could be imposed if Nebraska's hospital capacity continues to decrease. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday 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.

The thresholds and corresponding restrictions are as follows:

  • Green – 2%
    • No restrictions in any areas
  • Blue – 10%
    • No restrictions in most areas, but guidance remains and is recommended
    • Indoor gatherings: Limited to 75%
  • Yellow – 15%
    • Extracurricular activities: No restrictions, but guidance remains and is recommended
    • Bars: Patrons required to be seated, parties of 8 or less
    • Restaurants: Patrons required to be seated, parties of 8 or less
    • Churches: No restrictions, but guidance remains and is recommended
    • Weddings & Funeral Receptions: Parties of 8 or less, limited dancing outside of tables
    • Indoor Gatherings: Limited to 50%, parties of 8 or less
    • Outdoor Gatherings: Parties of 8 or less
    • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Health Clubs, Spas: No restrictions in most areas, but guidance remains and is recommended
    • Salons, Barber Shops, Massage, Body Art: No restrictions in most areas, but guidance remains and is recommended
    • Elective surgeries: 10% reserve capacity
    • Child Care Services: No restrictions in most areas, but guidance remains and is recommended
  • Orange – 20%
    • Extracurricular activities: Fan attendance limited to household members, 6-foot separation required
    • Bars: Patrons required to be seated, parties of 8 or less, 6-foot separation required
    • Restaurants: Patrons required to be seated, parties of 8 or less, 6-foot separation required
    • Churches: 6-foot separation required between household units
    • Weddings & Funeral Receptions: Parties of 8 or less, 6-foot separation required, dancing at tables only
    • Indoor Gatherings: Limited to 25%, parties of 8 or less, 6-foot separation required
    • Outdoor Gatherings: Parties of 8 or less, 6-foot separation required
    • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Health Clubs, Spas: 6-foot separation required between customers
    • Salons, Barber Shops, Massage, Body Art: 6-foot separation required between customers, masks required
    • Elective surgeries: All inpatient Class D & E surgeries postponed
    • Child Care Services: Staff, volunteers, practitioners required to wear masks when within 6-foot distance of children for 15 consecutive minutes or more
  • Red – 25%
    • Extracurricular activities: Youth activities prohibited below high school level.
    • Bars: Go to carry-out, delivery and drive through only
    • Restaurants: Only licensed restaurants can do dine-in, masks required for public-facing restaurant staff, patrons required to be seated, parties of 8 or less, 6-foot separation required, no games, no seating at counters/bars
    • Weddings & Funeral Receptions: 10-person rule applies for receptions, services must have 6-foot separation between household units
    • Indoor Gatherings: 10-person rule
    • Outdoor Gatherings: 25-person rule
    • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Health Clubs, Spas: 6-foot separation required between customers
    • Salons, Barber Shops, Massage, Body Art: 6-foot separation required between customers, masks required
    • Elective surgeries: All inpatient Class C, D & E surgeries postponed
    • Child Care Services: Staff, volunteers, practitioners required to wear masks when within 6-foot distance of children for 15 consecutive minutes or more

Schools will remain regardless of the level of capacity reached.

Ricketts said further restrictions beyond those listed in the “red” category could be implemented based on trends at the time.

Nebraska is currently in the “orange” category, with 905 active hospitalizations and 20% of state beds being used for COVID-19 patients.

 

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