New Phase of DHM for Nebraska - June 22

Governor Ricketts announced the next steps in the State’s phased plan to loosen restrictions that have been in place during the coronavirus pandemic.  The new directed health measures (DHMs), easing restrictions on businesses and activities, will take effect June 22, 2020.   Most counties in Nebraska (89 out of 93) will move to “Phase 3” of the reopening on June 22nd.  Dakota, Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick counties will move to “Phase 2.” Press Release
To see an outline of the Phase 3 DHM changes, click here.
To see an outline of the Phase 4 DHM changes, click here.

State-Issued DHM Provisions (Apply Statewide)

  • Imposes an enforceable, 10-person limit on public gatherings.  
  • Prohibits medical and dental elective surgeries and procedures.
  • Requires schools (public, private, and parochial) to operate without students through May 31, 2020.
  • Cancels all school-related extracurricular activities through May 31, 2020.
  • Requires restaurants and bars to close their dining areas and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only. 
  • Requires individuals to home quarantine for at least 14 days if:
    • They have tested positive for COVID-19.
    • They have a fever of 100.4° F or above.
    • They have experienced sudden onset of a cough and/or shortness of breath.
    • They reside or have resided with individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have the above symptoms.
      • NOTE: The quarantine requirement excludes those individuals with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms.  Additionally, the directive doesn’t apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider.  These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.
    • Some individuals in home quarantine may not experience the onset of symptoms until the latter half of their 14-day quarantine period.  In this case, the length of their quarantine may exceed 14 days.  Individuals should remain in quarantine until 7 days have passed since onset of symptoms, symptoms have improved, and they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.  
      • NOTE: See the DHM for additional direction on household members living with those in quarantine.
  • The DHM’s limitation on public gatherings does not apply to:
    • Retail or grocery stores where people should maintain six feet of distance from one another.
    • Child care centers that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare, which you can access by clicking here.
    • All beauty/nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, gentlemen’s clubs, bottle clubs, indoor theatres, and tattoo parlors/studios are closed until April 30, 2020.
    • All organized team sports, youth and adult, including but not limited to club sports are suspended until May 31, 2020.
    • Auto racing is now specifically listed in the social gathering section.
    • Other locations detailed in the DHM. Press Release

Locally Issued DHMs (Apply Only to Particular LHDs)

DHMs Lifting Restrictions - What to Know

  • Restaurant dining rooms operating at 50 percent occupancy. Restaurant Re-opening Guideline 
  • Beauty and nail salons, barbershops, massage therapy services, and tattoo studios can open while maintaining the 10-person rule with employees and customers wearing masks.
  • Childcare facilities will be permitted to have up to 15 children per room/space
  • All other businesses currently ordered to close must remain closed until May 31st, or until the orders are amended, including bars, gentlemen’s clubs, bottle clubs, indoor movie theaters, indoor theaters, and playhouses.  
  • Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other places of worship can resume services, weddings, and funerals beginning May 4. Each household must sit six feet apart. 
  • Hospitals can resume elective surgeries on May 4 if hospitals meet certain capacity requirements.  Dental offices, eye care clinics, and veterinary clinics can also reopen.

Local Resources

City County and Village Links

Health Department Links

Clay County Health Department
Dakota County Health Department
Douglas County Health Department
Polk County Health Department
Red Willow County Health Department
Scotts Bluff County Health Department
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
Central District Health Department –
East Central District Health Department
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department
Four Corners Health Department
Loup Basin Public Health Department
North Central District Health Department
Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department
Panhandle Public Health District
Public Health Solutions District Health Department
South Heartland District Health Department
Southeast District Health Department
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department
Three Rivers Public Health Department
Two Rivers Public Health Department
West Central District Health Department
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors