Ricketts: Youth baseball, softball to resume in June as DHMs loosen

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Youth baseball and softball practices in Nebraska will be allowed to resume June 1, Governor Pete Ricketts said during his Monday COVID-19 press conference.

Social distancing measures will be implemented as much as possible during practices with detailed guidance to be released soon, Ricketts said.

Organized youth baseball and softball games are set to resume June 18.

Players will be asked to bring their own drinks and snacks and use their own equipment as much as possible, Ricketts said.

The bleachers will also be occupied by players instead of fans during games. Only household members will be allowed to attend games and must maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Ricketts said spectators will be asked to stand or bring their own chairs.

The governor said while extracurricular sports through schools are canceled through the month of May, personal coaches can still hold lessons. Organized team practices and games will remain suspended.

Ricketts said the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) will be loosening it’s restrictions Wednesday. The health department covers Burt, Cuming, Stanton and Madison Counties. 

Newly published reopening guidelines for barbers, salons, massage therapy and body art business can be found on the Nebraska Department for Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Guidance documents for dining inside restaurants, dental offices and faith-based services can also be viewed through the link above.

New directed health measures (DHMs) for Lincoln/Lancaster County, Three Rivers and West Central Health Districts have been issued Monday and will remain valid through the month of May.

According to the DHHS, the health measures have been relaxed similar to what was announced for Cass, Douglas and Sarpy counties on May 4.

Those changes include:

  • Restaurant dining rooms are limited to 50 percent of their maximum occupancy rating at a times.
  • 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, an increase of five over the current requirements. 
  • All other businesses currently ordered to close must remain closed until May 31, or until the orders are amended, including bars, gentlemen’s clubs, bottle clubs, indoor movie theatres, and indoor theatres.
  • Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other places of worship can resume services, weddings and funerals beginning May 4. Each household must meet a minimum of six feet of separation.
  • Hospitals can resume elective surgeries if they meet certain capacity requirements. Dental offices, eye care clinics and veterinary clinics can also reopen.

The governor also said Public Health Solutions, Two Rivers, South Heartland Health Districts will loosen their DHMs on May 18.

County DHMs can be viewed on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Ricketts said 145,000 people have signed up for COVID-19 testing through TestNebraska. As more people register in an area, the chances of increased testing nearby are raised, the governor said.

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