Parades, fairs, street dances and carnivals are prohibited through June 30, and maybe longer, under phase 1 of Nebraska’s lighter COVID-19 restrictions, which will take effect June 1.

Gatherings will be limited to 25% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 3,000) at indoor or outdoor arenas, indoor or outdoor auctions, stadiums, tracks and fairgrounds, according to the first announcement of the phase 2 directives.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the directives Thursday at his press conference.

All but four Nebraska counties will move to the lighter restrictions.

Here are the highlights:

 

Sports

Team sports have been categorized by contact level (contact, limited-contact, non-contact) based on 2008 guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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.

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

Rodeos may begin starting June 1.

Rodeos are permitted to follow DHM requirements on the size of gatherings.

 

Gyms

School gyms and weight rooms are permitted to follow DHM requirements on gyms, fitness centers/clubs, health clubs, and health spas. For full details of the “Phase II” DHMs, click here.

 

Bars & restaurants

Restaurants remain open for dine-in.

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 feet separation between seating of different parties.

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

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

Food may not be consumed at bar seating.

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

 

Gatherings

Gatherings will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 25% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 3,000) 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 6 individuals.

Six feet separation between groups must be maintained.

Dance recitals are permitted but must follow the 25% gathering requirement.

Drive-in movie theaters may open at full capacity as long as patrons remain in/on their vehicles while viewing the movie. Congregating at concession and restroom areas is 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 before reopening is permitted. The reopening plan must contain planned number of guests, how the location will meet social distancing guidelines, and sanitation guidelines.

 

Parades, carnivals, midways, dances and street dances, beer gardens

Prohibited through June 30, and that prohibition may be extended.

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

 

Gyms, fitness centers/clubs, health clubs, health spas

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

A minimum distance of 6 feet be maintained between all patrons.

 

Salons, barber shops, massage therapy, 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 6 feet apart.

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

 

Weddings, funeral reception

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

Six feet separation must be maintained between seating of different parties.

Maximum of 6 individuals in a party. Groups larger than 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 activities that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables are permitted.

 

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.

 

Travel quarantine

Individuals returning to Nebraska from international travel only will be required to quarantine 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.)

 

Starting June 1, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota counties, where COVID-19 incidents are higher, will be under the phase I requirements that are currently in effect in Lincoln County.

 

For full details of the “Phase II” DHMs, click here.