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Ricketts says gathering capacities rolling back, new restrictions for hospitals

New DHM going into effect
Posted at 1:32 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 06:51:42-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a press conference with public health leaders saying a Directed Health Measure, which will place limits on crowd sizes and quotas on hospital capacity, will go into place on Wednesday, October 21.

Pete Ricketts announced new restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus amid a surge of new cases and hospitalizations in Nebraska.

The governor outlined four steps that will go into effect Wednesday: Hospitals must provide 10% of their bed and intensive care unit space for incoming COVID-19 patients.

Indoor gatherings, currently allowed up to 75% percent capacity, must drop to 50% capacity.

People at bars and restaurants must remain seated and with no more than eight to a table. And, wedding and funeral receptions must limit table sizes to no more than eight people.

The new DHM will last October 21 through November 30.

Ricketts said a statewide mask mandate is not in the works for now.

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