In just a few more days we will experience a little more freedom, as Gov. Ricketts issued new Directed Health Measures Thursday which take another step toward loosening restrictions. One of the key restrictions being lifted statewide is the travel quarantine. As of June 1, only individuals returning from international travel will be required to quarantine for 14 days after returning to Nebraska.
Other changes in the statewide DHMs concern sports. Limited and non-contact team sports, for both youth and adults, may resume practices on June 1 and games on June 18. Contact sports like basketball, tackle football, soccer, and wrestling remain prohibited. Rodeos may also begin on June 1. Rodeo events will be treated as “gatherings” under the new DHMs.
The governor announced what he is calling Phase II measures on May 21. This new DHM also goes into effect June 1, and does include the Two Rivers Health District and all of Dawson County. The new measure increases the number of people who can gather together from 10 to 25. For events, such as rodeos, gatherings are limited to 25% of the venue’s rated occupancy, not to exceed 3,000.
While restaurants were allowed to reopen their dining rooms on May 4, bars have had to remain closed until now. Beginning June 1 they can also reopen, and like restaurants are limited to 50% of the rated occupancy (excluding staff), with a maximum of six persons per table.
The Phase II measure allows for the reopening of gyms, salons, massage therapy services, barber shops, tattoo parlors to reopen with no more than 25 people or 50% capacity at a time. Except for gyms, all workers and patrons will still be required to wear a mask.
Weddings and funerals are also included in the new measure. As of June 1 the number of people being allowed to gather for such events will be raised to 25, or 50% of rated occupancy. However, no buffets, salad bars, dances or other social events that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables is allowed.
Physical distancing requirements do still apply to these gatherings.