Governor Ricketts Easing COVID-19 Restrictions In County

Governor Pete Ricketts announced the easing of DHM (Directed Health Measures) restrictions in the Public Health Solutions Health District at his daily coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing on Monday, May 11. The Public Health Solutions District includes Jefferson, Saline, Thayer, Fillmore and Gage Counties. Also included are the South Heartland and Two Rivers Districts. The new guidelines will be effective May 18.
Barbers, Salons, Tattoo Parlors, Massage:
The new DHM will allow for the reopening of salons, barber shops, tattoo shops and massage therapy services with some restrictions. All clients and staff must wear face masks at all times on-site. Barbershops and salons must adhere to the maximum 10-person rule for customers or other invitees, excluding staff. Customer chairs must be at least six feet apart. The Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommends that these businesses stagger shifts to comply with DHM and reduce the number of persons in the shop. Businesses must provide a hand sanitizer dispenser inside the front door for clients. Do not stack towels at client stations. When possible, keep towels in airtight locations separate from client stations.
Childcare Centers:
There are new guidelines for childcare centers, increasing the number of children allowed in a room from ten to fifteen.  
Restaurants:
Under the new guidelines, restaurants will be allowed to reopen in-dining service, limited to 50 percent capacity. A maximum of six individuals in each dining party will be allowed. Groups larger than six will need to split into multiple tables. Each dining party must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from each other dining party. Each dining party must be seated at individual tables. Bar and counter seating are not permitted. Patrons may only consume alcohol on premise if also consuming a meal.
All employees should wear face coverings (cloth mask) that are washable and must be laundered or replaced daily. Employees must wash hands before and after putting on the face mask and after every time they touch it. If an employee needs to remove their face mask and set it down, they should disinfect the surface the mask was placed on. Whenever possible, restaurant staff should not perform multiple roles. For example, servers should not also collect money. Have hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers. If possible, have an automated, touchless hand sanitizing station to avoid frequent touching of hand sanitizer device. Have employees use hand sanitizer between customers. 
Pool tables, dart boards, shuffle board, arcades and other gaming areas in a restaurant must be kept closed.
The complete guidelines can be found on the DHHS website, http://dhhs.ne.gov/. 
 

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