Ricketts announces outline of changes coming in new DHM

Governor Pete Ricketts on Thursday announced an outline of changes in upcoming directed health measures. 
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Governor Pete Ricketts on Thursday announced an outline of changes in upcoming directed health measures.

Statewide changes starting June 1

Travel quarantine

  • All individuals returning from international travel only will be required to quarantine upon returning to Nebraska for 14 days.
  • The restriction will not apply to individuals travelling in connection with military service or in connection with employment at a health care facility.

Sports

  • Team sports have been categorized by contact level (contact, limited-contact, non-contact) based on guidance from the April 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics Classification of Sports According To Contact. These categories will be used for determining the opening of different sports team.
  • Limited and non-contact team sports including baseball, softball and volleyball games may begin June 18.
  • Rodeo events may also begin starting June 1.
  • June 1 statewide sports reopening guidelines must be followed for both youthh and adults.
    • Rodeos are permitted to follow Gatherings DHM requirements
    • School gyms and weight rooms are permitted to follow gyms, fitness centers/clubs, health clubs, and health spa DHM requirements.
  • Contact sports like basketball, tackle football, soccer, wrestling, etc. remain prohibited.

Starting June 1, the following guidelines apply to all counties except for those located in Central District Health Dept. (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick) and Dakota County Health Department (Dakota)

  • Bars and restaurants

    • Restaurants remain open for dine-in and bars, bottle clubs and gentlemen’s clubs can reopen.
      • Patrons will be required to be seated while on premises unless they are placing an order or using the restroom.
    • Limited to 50% of rated occupancy maximum at a time
    • Six feet separation between seating of different parties
    • Six feet separation between entertainers, performers, dancers and patrons
    • Maximum of six individuals in a party (groups larger than six will need to split into multiple tables)
    • Food may not be consumed at bar seating
    • Games such as pool, darts, arcade games, etc. remain prohibited
  • Childcare facilities

    • Will remain at not more than 15 children per room/space
      • All other state provisions, statutes, and regulations, including child to staff ratios, still apply
  • Gatherings

    • Gatherings will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 25% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 3,000) for gatherings held at:
      • Indoor or outdoor arenas, auditoriums stadiums, tracks, fairgrounds, festivals, zoos, auctions, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, indoor theaters, libraries, swimming pools or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.
        • Groups shall be no larger than six individuals
        • Six feet separation between groups must be maintained
      • Parades, carnivals, midways, dances and street dances, and beer gardens are prohibited through June 30 and may be extended
        • Parades where patrons remain in their vehicles and the public does not line the streets are permitted
        • Dance recitals are permitted but must follow the gathering requirements
      • Drive-in movie theaters may open at full capacity as long as the patrons remain in their vehicles while viewing the movie and congregating at concession stands and restrooms is not permitted
      • Plans for reopening must be submitted to the local health departments and approved for all indoor and outdoor locations/venues that hold 500 or more individuals (1,000 or more in counties over 500,00 population) before reopening is permitted. The reopening plan must contain planned number of guests, how the location will meet social distancing guidelines, and sanitation guidelines.
  • Gyms, fitness centers/clubs, health clubs, and health spas

    • Will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy
    • Must ensure a minimum distance of six feet to be maintained between all patrons
  • Salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, tattoo parlors/body-art facilities

    • Will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy
    • Chairs/stations must remain at least six feet apart
    • Both workers and patrons are still required to wear face masks at all times
      • An exception will be made for services provided by estheticians. Patron will be permitted to remove their mask while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times.
  • Wedding & Funeral Reception venues

    • Will be limited to the  greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy
    • Six feet separation between seating of different parties
    • Maximum of six individuals in a party (group larger than six will need to split into multiple tables)
    • Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals.
    • No dances or other social events that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables are permitted.

 

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