Ricketts releases outline of upcoming DHM changes

Governor Pete Ricketts on Monday released an outline of upcoming changes to Directed Health Measures in Phase III.
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Governor Pete Ricketts on Monday released an outline of upcoming changes to Directed Health Measures in Phase III.

Statewide Changes

  • Sports

    • Fan attendance for youth and school games changes to same limit as Gatherings on June 22.
      • No longer limited to household members only.
    • Contact team sports may begin practices and games on July 1.
  • Elective Surgeries

    • All restrictions on elective surgeries are removed from DHM starting June 22.

Starting June 22, the following guidelines apply to all counties except for Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota.

  • Bars & Restaurants

    • Restaurants, bars, bottle clubs and gentlemen’s clubs remain open for dine-in
      • Patrons will be required to be seated while on premise unless they are placing an order, using the restroom or playing games.
    • 100% of rated occupancy
    • Maximum of eight people in a party (larger groups will need to be split)
    • Food may be consumed at bar seating
    • Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals.
    • Games such as pool, darts, arcade games, etc. are allowed
  • Childcare facilities

    • Capacity will be limited to the following numbers:
      • Infant to 3-years-old – 15 children per room/space
      • 3-years-old – 20 children per room/space
      • 4-5-year-old – 24 children per room/space
      • School-age children (K-12) – 30 children per room/space
    • All other state provisions, statutes, regulations, including child to staff ratios, still apply.
  • Gatherings

    • Indoor gatherings will be limited to 50% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 10,000)
    • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 10,000)
    • Gatherings include but are not limited to indoor or outdoor arenas, indoor tor outdoor conference rooms, meeting halls, indoor theaters, libraries, swimming pools, indoor or outdoor auctions, tracks, fairgrounds, festivals, zoos, auditoriums, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.
    • Groups shall be no larger than 8 people
    • Six-feet separation between group moves to guidance
    • Parade, carnivals, midways, dances and street dances, and beer gardens (remain prohibited through Phase III)
    • Parades where patrons remain in their vehicles and the public does not line the street are permitted.
    • Dancing at events is permissible if people remain at their tables/seats and keep social distancing between groups.
    • Dance recitals are permitted but must follow the gathering requirements.
  • Plans for reopening or expanding to new capacity limits 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 & Health Spas

    • Will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy
  • Salons, barber shops, massage therapy service, Tattoo parlors & body art facilities

    • Will be limited to 75% rated occupancy
    • Both workers and patrons are still required in the DHM to wear masks at all times.
      • An exception will be made for all services performed on faces. Patrons will be permitted to remove their mask while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premise.
  • Wedding and funeral reception venues

    • Maximum of eight people in a party, larger groups will need to be split
    • Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must service food directly to people.
    • Limited dances or other social events requiring guests to gather outside of their respective tables in guidance.

Starting June 22, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota counties will be reissued DHMs with Phase II requirements.

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