LINCOLN, Neb. – Coronavirus rules relax a little more today in 89 of Nebraska’s 93 counties, but Governor Pete Ricketts is reminding residents to remember to still follow social distancing guidelines.
One of the biggest changes ends travel quarantines for everyone except individuals returning from international travel, who must still quarantine for 14 days upon arriving back to Nebraska.
Limits on gatherings are now either 25 persons or 25% of rated occupancy – which ever is larger – up to a maximum of 3,000 and bars can reopen, although all patrons must be seated. Wedding and funeral receptions have limits of 25 people or half of rated occupancy
Both bars and restaurants are limited to 50% of rated occupancy with a maximum of 6 persons per table, and self-serve buffets are prohibited.
· Gyms, salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, and tattoo parlors now have a limit of 25 people, excluding staff, or 50% of rate occupance but both workers and patrons are still required to wear masks at all times.
No dances or other social events that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables are permitted.
Limited and non-contact team sports including youth and adult baseball and softball, can resume practices today and games on the 18th, but contact sports such as basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling remain prohibited for the time being.
Ricketts says as restrictions are loosened, it is important for everyone to continue to follow the 6-foot social distancing guideline and avoid large groups with wearing a mask in public always a good idea to slow the spread of the virus and enable the continued loosening of restrictions.
Another indication that conditions are improving – instead of daily update news conferences Ricketts has only 2 scheduled this week, today and Thursday, and for the first time in 5 weeks he won’t be on NET’s Thursday night Speaking of Nebraska.
The show will instead feature short videos submitted by residents across the state telling how they’ve been dealing with the pandemic.