State DHM changes to start Wednesday
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Governor Pete Ricketts on Monday announced new health measures to combat COVID-19 in Nebraska.
Ricketts announced the following changes to the state directed health measure:
- Six feet of separation must be maintained in public places/events such as gyms, bars, restaurants, churches, weddings, funerals, etc.
- Businesses where close contact will be maintained for 15 minutes or more (salons, massage parlors, bowling alleys, pool halls, etc.) must require masks
- Restaurant and bar capacity remains at 100%, but six feet of separation must be maintained
- Groups limited to eight people per table at restaurants, larger groups must be split
- Patrons at restaurants and bars must remain seated unless ordering, using a restroom or playing a game (must wear a mask if playing a game)
- Indoor gatherings limited to 25% of occupancy (10,000 limit), outdoor gatherings remain at 100% capacity
- Indoor carnivals and dances are prohibited
- Dancing at weddings is allowed as long as people remain at their tables
- Dance recitals are allowed but are subject to social distancing requirements
The changes go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
Ricketts cited rising COVID-19 hospitalizations as the catalyst for the changes.
State data showed just under 800 people hospitalized across the state as of Sunday.