Monday Afternoon, Gov. Ricketts announced several changes to local Directed Health Measures which will take place on June 22. All counties that are in Phase 2, 89 counties total, will move to Phase 3. Four counties that are in Phase 1 (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota) will move to Phase 2.

Outline of Statewide Changes to Upcoming DHMs Phase III

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

Elective Surgeries
All restrictions on elective surgeries are removed from DHM starting June 22nd

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 (8) individuals in a party (groups larger than eight (8) will need to split into multiple tables.
– 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:
– Infants to 3 year old – 15 children per room/space
– 3 year olds – 20 children per room/space
– 4-5 year olds – 24 children per room/space
School-age children (K-12) – 30 children per room/space
All other state provisions, statutes, and regulations, including child to staff ratios, still apply.

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 or Outdoor Auctions, Stadiums, Tracks, Fairgrounds, Festivals, Zoos, Auditoriums, 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 eight (8) individuals.
– Six (6) feet separation between groups moves to guidance.
– Parades, 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 streets are permitted.
– Dancing at events is permissible if individuals 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 500,000 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 Services, & Tattoo Parlors/Body Art Facilities
– Will be limited to 75% of 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 & Funeral Reception Venues
– Maximum of eight (8) individuals in a party (groups larger than eight (8) will need to split into multiple tables).
– Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals.
– Limited dances or other social events requiring guests to gather outside of their respective tables in guidance.

Starting June 22nd, all counties located in Central District Health Dept. (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick) and Dakota County Health Dept. (Dakota) will be reissued DHMs with Phase II Requirements

Gov. Ricketts expects schools to have students back in class this fall. The Nebraska Department of Education is still deciding how it’ll do so safely to protect students and staff.

Phase 4 was also announced at the press conference, however a date has yet to be decided. During Phase 4, most DHMs will be removed and replaced with guidance. The exception to this will be for gatherings, in which indoor gatherings will be limited to 75 percent rated occupancy while outdoor gatherings will be allowed to have 100 percent occupancy. Six-feet separation between groups will remain in guidance.

Source: 1011 News

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