Lincoln easing restrictions for restaurants, salons, and other businesses

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Thursday the new rules will take effect May 11, after when the current directed health measure is set to expire.
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Lincoln officials will begin easing restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Thursday the new rules will take effect May 11, after when the current directed health measure is set to expire.

The new rules are in-line with state guidelines, and allow restaurants to reopen to 50 percent capacity as long as they follow social distancing and health guidelines.

Barber shops, hair salons, tattoo shops and other businesses may also reopen, but must abide by the 10-person rule and follow other health guidelines.

Childcare facilities may also have 15 children per room, up from 10.

The 10-person rule remains in effect for all other gatherings, Gaylor Baird said.

“All of us still need to exercise great caution,” she said. “This is not the time to ease off on these common sense steps.”

Pat Lopez, Interim Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, said she does not anticipate much of an issue with compliance because they’ve talked so much with businesses.

Officials announced 47 new cases in Lincoln Thursday, bringing the community total to 509. Of those, 272 – about 53% – have been reported in the last seven days.¬†More than 180 cases (about 40% of the total) are related to the Smithfield Foods plant in Crete, officials said. Lancaster County’s positivity rate has risen to 9%, about half the state and national level.

Gaylor Baird said with rising cases and positivity rates, people should not view the partial reopening as a sign of the virus diminishing.

Gaylor Baird said she hoped for another week or two to secure additional protective equipment for businesses before reopening. She said she doesn’t know when Lincoln will see the peak, and there’s no “magic date” that would have been ideal for removing or relaxing health restrictions.

 

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