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Nebraska loosens COVID-19 restrictions among falling hospitalizations

OMAHA, Neb. – Nebraska will further be loosening its COVID-19 restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The news was announced by Gov. Pete Ricketts’s office via a statement on Wednesday.

For the seventh straight day, Nebraska’s COVID-19 patients made up less than 15% of the state’s hospitalizations, prompting a change from yellow to blue in the color-coded DHM levels chart.

The change in directed health measures relaxes social-distancing and other measures. Rules classified as “restrictions” under previous levels now become “guidance” in the blue level, including:

  • Seating restrictions of eight people or less for restaurants, bars, weddings and funeral receptions, and other venues, will return to “guidance.”
  • The requirement that patrons at bars and restaurants to be seated unless ordering food, using the restroom, or playing games will return to “guidance.”

Elective surgeries will be allowed to resume without restrictions, and the maximum capacity at indoor gatherings will be increased from 50% to 75%.

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