Virus Health Measures

This Monday, June 1 will see phase II of the directed health measure for Nebraskans. There are a few changes in this new mandate with some easements on travel and the allowance of non-contact sports practice and games later in the month. The City of O'Neill parks board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 27, to determine if the O'Neill summer softball and baseball programs and the city pool will open. According to the new health measure the pools may open but must adhere to strict distancing guidelines which may be next to impossible to enforce by lifeguards and baseball and softball will fall into similar guidelines that may be impossible to implement and certainly will take the fun out of the programs for this year.

• Travel Quarantine

All individuals returning from international travel only will be required to quarantine upon returning to Nebraska for 14 days.

The restriction will not apply to individuals traveling in connection with military service or in connection

with employment at a health care facility.

• Sports

Team sports have been categorized by contact level (contact, limited-contact, non-contact) based on guidance from the April 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics Classification of Sports According to Contact. These categories will be used for determining the opening of different team sports.

Limited and Non-contact team sports, including baseball, softball, and volleyball practices, may begin June 1.

Limited and Non-contact team sports, including baseball, softball, and volleyball games may begin June 18.

Rodeo events may also begin starting June 1.

"June 1st Statewide Sports Reopening Guidelines" must be followed for both youth and adults.

• Rodeos are permitted to follow Gatherings DHM requirements.

• Schools gyms and weight rooms are permitted to follow gyms, fitness centers/clubs, health clubs,

and health spas DHM requirements.

Contact sports like basketball, tackle football, soccer, wrestling, etc. remain prohibited.

Starting June 1, the following guidelines apply to all counties except for those located in

Central District Health Dept. (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick) and Dakota County Health Dept. (Dakota)

• Bars & Restaurants

Restaurants remain open for dine-in and Bars, Bottle Clubs, and Gentlemen's Clubs can reopen.

• Patrons will be required to be seated while on-premise unless they are placing an order or using

the restroom.

Limited to 50% of rated occupancy maximum at a time.

Six (6) feet separation between seating of different parties.

Six (6) feet of separation between entertainers, performers, dancers and patrons.

Maximum of six (6) individuals in a party (groups larger than six (6) will need to split into multiple tables).

Food may not be consumed at bar seating.

Games such as pool, darts, arcade games, etc. are prohibited.

• Childcare Facilities

Will remain at not more than 15 children per room/space.

• All other state provisions, statutes, and regulations, including child to staff ratios, still apply.

• Gatherings

Gatherings will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 25% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 3,000) for gatherings held at:

• Indoor or Outdoor Arenas, Indoor or Outdoor Auctions, Stadiums, Tracks, Fairgrounds, Festivals, Zoos, Auditoriums, Large Event Conference Rooms, Meeting Halls, Indoor Theaters, Libraries, Swimming Pools, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.

• Groups shall be no larger than six (6) individuals.

Six (6) feet separation between groups must be maintained.

Parades, carnivals, midways, dances and street dances, and beer gardens are prohibited through June 30 and may be extended.

• Parades where patrons remain in their vehicles and the public does not line the streets are permitted.

• Dance recitals are permitted but must follow the gathering requirements.

Drive-in movie theaters may open at full capacity as long as patrons remain in/on their vehicles while viewing the movie and congregating at concession and restroom areas are not permitted.

Plans for reopening must be submitted to the local health departments and approved for all indoor and outdoor locations/venues that hold 500 or more individuals (1,000 or more in counties over 500,000 population) before reopening is permitted. The reopening plan must contain a planned number of guests, how the location will meet social distancing guidelines, and sanitation guidelines.

• Gyms, Fitness Centers/Clubs, Health Clubs, & Health Spas

Will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy.

Must ensure a minimum distance of six (6) feet be maintained between all patrons.

• Salons, Barber Shops, Massage Therapy Services, & Tattoo Parlors/Body Art Facilities

Will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy.

Chairs/stations must remain at least six (6) feet apart.

Both workers and patrons are still required in the DHM to wear masks at all times.

• An exception will be made for services provided by estheticians. Patrons will be permitted to remove their masks while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premise.

• Wedding & Funeral Reception Venues

Will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy.

Six (6) feet separation between seating of different parties.

Maximum of six (6) individuals in a party (groups larger than six (6) will need to split into multiple tables).

Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals.

No dances or other social events that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables are permitted.

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