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Phases 3 & 4 of directed health measures extended

Posted at 3:03 PM, Aug 26, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Wednesday that Phase 3 directed health measures are being extended through Sept. 13.

Phase 3 DHMs, which are in effect in 66 Nebraska counties, were initially set to expire on Aug. 31.

All counties in Phase 3, including Douglas County, will move to Phase 4 on Sept. 14 unless there is a dramatic rise in hospitalizations.

The 66 counties will stay in Phase 4 through Oct. 31.

"Phase 4 DHMs move DHM restrictions on restaurants, bars, churches, child care centers, and other businesses to guidance, and allow outdoor venues to operate at full capacity. Arenas and event centers may operate at 75% capacity, though organizers of events of 500 or more people must still receive local health department approval prior to reopening," DHHS said in a press release.

Currently, 27 counties are in Phase 4, which will be extended through Sept. 30.

See an outline of the Phase 4 DHMs here.