Measures in Nebraska to begin tightening Wednesday in response to COVID-19

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NEBRASKA (KCAU) – In direct response to those rising case numbers, Gov. Pete Ricketts, tightening some directed health measures across the state.

Although currently in Phase 4 of the state’s recovery plan, soon, COVID-19 Directed Health Measures (DHM) from Phase 3 will be reimplemented.

Effective Wednesday, all Nebraska Counties will be entering Phase 3.1 to help curb COVID-19.

Any indoor gatherings will be limited to a capacity of 50 percent. That’s down from 75 percent in Phase 4 of DHM. In addition, bars and restaurants will only be able to allow a maximum of 8 per party, and patrons will be required to remain seated at their table unless they are placing an order, using the restroom, or playing games

The changes are leaving some business owners tonight unsure of what they should be doing.

“But I do because of all the cases and I have kids that I have to go home to so right now we’re kind of like a hot spot, so it will be good but then on my business side I’m kind of half and half on what we should do,” said Nebraska restaurant owner Veronica Limon.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said that he is reinstating the restrictions due to an increase of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The new DHM will also require hospitals to maintain at least 10% of general and ICU beds as reserved capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.

The health measure will expire on November 30 unless state officials decide to extend it.

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