Governor announces new Directed Health Measures for June

Published: May. 21, 2020 at 1:05 PM CDT
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Thursday afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced new Directed Health Measures for June.

Statewide, starting June 1, worship services, daycares, restaurants all stay the same. People traveling to Nebraska internationally will have to quarantine for 14 days with the exception of military or health care workers.

Also, statewide, tennis, golf, rodeo, and volleyball will be allowed to have the same guidelines as baseball and softball. Practice for youth and adult players can start on June 1 and games can start on June 18. Football, wrestling, soccer, and basketball that are high contact sports are still prohibited.

Phase 2 of loosening restrictions in 89 counties starts June 1. Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota Counties will be moving to Phase 1 which the rest of the state has been in.

With phase 2, bars and gentleman's clubs can open with the same rules as restaurants are under now which is 50 percent capacity and 6 feet separation. Arcades, darts, and playing pool is still prohibited.

Rickett's added gatherings are limited to 25 people or 25 percent of the rated occupancy but no more than 3,000 people. If you are a venue and want to have an event with more than 500 people you have to submit a plan to your local health department and they have to sign off on the plan.

Wedding and funeral reception venues will be limited to 25 people excluding staff or 50 percent of rated occupancy, the greater of one of those two. There must be no more than six people to a table and tables must be six feet apart. All food needs to be served by staff and no dances are allowed.

Below is an outline of the new DHM guidelines come June 1 for all counties Dakota, Hall, Merrick, and Hamilton.

Restaurants, worship services, and daycares continue to operate as they have been in May. Those traveling internationally are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions for military and healthcare-related travel. Limited-contact sports (tennis, golf, volleyball, rodeo) for both youth and adults will be allowed to resume practice on June 1. Competition can resume June 18. Football, wrestling, soccer, and basketball are still prohibited. Bars can reopen under the same rules as restaurants. This means 50 percent of capacity with 6-feet of separations between tables. Arcades, darts, and pool are still prohibited. Some large gatherings can resume. Indoor and outdoor venues can hold events at 25 percent of capacity, not to exceed 3,000 people. This includes zoos, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, swimming pools, large conference rooms. In Douglas County, for any event expecting over 1,000 people a plan for safely following guidelines must be submitted to the state for review. In all other counties, this is in place for gatherings over 500 people. School gyms, health clubs, funeral and wedding venues, movie theatres, tattoo shops, and salons can all operate at 50 percent capacity, or 25 people (whichever is greater) while following guidelines.