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.


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