Additional NE counties included in measures aimed at limiting COVID-19 spread

Posted at 11:04 AM, Mar 28, 2020

BUTLER COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — Governor Pete Ricketts announced Nebraska's third Directed Health Measure on Saturday for seven additional counties.

The measure, which impacts Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward and York counties, limits public gatherings and restricts restaurants and bars.

According to a press release from the governor, the measures will be in place until May 6th unless renewed.

The first health measures were issued for Cass, Douglas and Sarpy counties on March 18th and are in effect until at least April 30th.

Dodge, Lancaster, Saunders and Washington counties were also issued Directed Health Measures on March 25th. Those are in effect until at least May 6.

See the full order here.

See more information from the governor's office below.


Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?

It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.

Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?

At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival. Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.

Do I need to shut down my daycare?

No. DHHS has issued new guidance that daycares need to follow. You can find it by clicking here [].

Do I need to shut down my office?

No. The Directed Health Measure does not apply to places such as office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, court houses, court rooms, banks, car dealerships, auto repair shops, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, small shops, golf courses, big box stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, packing facilities, construction jobs, and other traditional office settings. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM does not apply to.

Furthermore, we do not expect these facilities to be impacted by additional limits at this time.

Do I need to cancel a wedding or a funeral?

Weddings and funerals are also subject to the 10-person limit. Event planners and facilities are encouraged to be flexible with people who are rearranging their plans.

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