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Douglas County issues amended public health order amid coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 6:48 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:52:20-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour has issued new guidelines for the ongoing coronavirus oubreak.

The new order clarifies the measures put in place on public gatherings and limits those events to 10 guests, customers or other invitees, but excludes staff.

The amended order says liquor, beer, and wine sales are restricted to carry-out and delivery only, and that food and beverage sales at restaurants, bars, taverns, private clubs, and any dining establishments are restricted to carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery only.

Lines for carry-out and drive-thrus at those establishments must provide an environment in which patrons and staff can maintain six feet of social distancing whenever possible.

The order will remain in place through April 30, 2020, but can be evaluated based on developments with the COVID-19 outbreak.

It was also announced that an appeals process is available to any person, business, or group who may be cited by law enforcement under the order. The order says a hearing will be scheduled by the Health Department as soon as possible. Unless requested otherwise, the hearing will take place no sooner than three days after the hearing request is received by the Department.

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