Governor Pete Ricketts on Monday, November 9, 2020, announced new health measures to combat COVID-19 in Nebraska.

Ricketts announced the following changes to the state directed health measure:

  • Six feet of separation must be maintained in public places/events such as gyms, bars, restaurants, churches, weddings, funerals, etc.

  • Businesses where close contact will be maintained for 15 minutes or more (salons, massage parlors, bowling alleys, pool halls, etc.) must require masks

  • Restaurant and bar capacity remains at 100%, but six feet of separation must be maintained

  • Groups limited to eight people per table at restaurants, larger groups must be split

  • Patrons at restaurants and bars must remain seated unless ordering, using a restroom or playing a game (must wear a mask if playing a game)

  • Indoor gatherings limited to 25% of occupancy (10,000 limit), outdoor gatherings remain at 100% capacity

  • Indoor carnivals and dances are prohibited

  • Dancing at weddings is allowed as long as people remain at their tables

  • Dance recitals are allowed but are subject to social distancing requirements

The changes go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 11th. Ricketts reminded Nebraskans to stay vigilant to help reduce hospital capacity, which has been steadily increasing, and avoid the three C’s: close contacts, confined spaces and crowded places.