OFFICIALS: Husker watch parties, tailgates canceled ahead of Saturday
Officials on Friday said many outdoor Husker watch parties or tailgates scheduled for Saturday have been voluntarily canceled by local business owners in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Officials on Friday said many outdoor Husker watch parties or tailgates scheduled for Saturday have been voluntarily canceled by local business owners in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
County Health Director Pat Lopez said The Railyard commons area in the West Haymarket also will voluntarily close to the public.
Officials say businesses in the Railyard will be open, but will not use the Railyard space, and the Husker game will not be shown on the Cube. Canopy Street will be reopened to traffic. Other businesses that canceled their outdoor events will be open to the public for dining inside and in their sidewalk café areas and for takeout.
“I want to thank the vast majority of our local business owners and managers who have done great work to follow the DHM to keep their employees and patrons safe,” Lopez said. “We recognize that this is a very difficult time for many businesses, and we will continue to work with businesses and other organizations to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Lopez said the health department has not issued a closure order for the Railyard or any of the surrounding businesses, and that the City of Lincoln is exercising its right in the Railyard contract to use the commons area in order to control the space, and that no event will take place.
Lopez said the Lincoln Police Department responded to several large gatherings during last Saturday’s Husker football game.
Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said in a news release that LPD continues to provide support to the health department in educating and enforcing noncompliance of the DHM.
Officers accompany Health Department staff on compliance checks as part of their routine responsibilities. If violations are observed, LPD works with LLCHD to educate staff and complete detailed reports, which are reviewed by the City Attorney’s Office. Documented violations may lead to a citation or the filing of a criminal complaint by the City Attorney.
Officials say those who observe someone not wearing a mask in public should stay at least six feet away from the individual and should not call law enforcement emergency or non-emergency numbers. The public can make complaints regarding compliance through the UPLNK phone app or the City website, UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov.