Ricketts announces Nebraska’s first directed health measure for coronavirus


Governor Pete Ricketts on Thursday announced Nebraska’s first Directed Health Measure (DHM) for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The measure, which comes after the state’s second confirmed case of community spread transmission, applies to Douglas, Cass, Sarpy and Washington counties.
The measure requires restaurants and bars to close dining areas and move to takeout service, delivery or curbside service until further notice. Schools in these areas are also being directed to not have students in their buildings.

Ricketts said similar measure may be announced if further community spread cases are reported in other parts of the state.

More information about who is impacted and how can be found below:
Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?

It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events.  This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.

Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?
At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce.  Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival.  Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.

Do I need to shut down my daycare?

No.  DHHS has issued new guidance that daycares need to follow.  You can find it by clicking here.

Do I need to shut down my office?

No.  The Directed Health Measure does not apply to places such as office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, court houses, court rooms, banks, car dealerships, auto repair shops, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, small shops, golf courses, big box stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, packing facilities, construction jobs, and other traditional office settings.  This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM does not apply to.
Furthermore, we do not expect these facilities to be impacted by additional limits at this time.

Do I need to cancel a wedding or a funeral?

Weddings and funerals are also subject to the 10-person limit.  Event planners and facilities are encouraged to be flexible with people who are rearranging their plans.
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