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Lincoln officials extend DHM to Nov. 30

The LLCHD kept the COVID-19 Risk Dial at high risk on Oct. 23.
The LLCHD kept the COVID-19 Risk Dial at high risk on Oct. 23.(LLCHD)
Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 2:37 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2020 at 2:42 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and health officials updated the community on upcoming changes to the City’s Directed Health Measure at a briefing on Friday.

The current DHM will expire on Oct. 31. The new DHM will be in effect from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. New changes to the rules will include the following:

  • Gathering limitations have have changed to be in line with the State DHM. Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people or 50% of occupancy, whichever is greater. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, or 75% of capacity, whichever is greater.
  • Both indoor or outdoor events are not to exceed 10,000 people.
  • An event plan must be filled out for any party which expects 500 or more individuals.
  • Any organization conducting youth sports must submit a sport activity plan, and the health department must approve the plan before events occur. Event coordinators must not exceed a 25% capacity of their venue. Spectators at such sporting events may not be in groups larger than eight. Groups must maintain a six-foot distance from other groups.
  • Gyms, health centers and martial arts studios are limited to 10 people or 50% occupancy, whichever is greater. Individuals at these areas must maintain six-foot distance.
  • Weddings and funerals are maintained by the State DHM.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced that 142 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lancaster County today, bringing the community total to 8,668. The number of deaths in the community remains at 42.

The COVID-19 Risk Dial Remains at high risk.

October has seen the greatest number of COVID-19 deaths so far, with 18 deaths reported this month. This accounts for 43% of all deaths reported so far.

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