New Directed Health Measures to begin Oct. 21

Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced new directed health measures that will be put into place statewide starting on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The new directed health measures will limit indoor capacity back down to 50% of a space’s rated occupancy. This is reduced from the current DHM capacity of 75%.

Ricketts said indoor gatherings will also be limited to 8 people per group or table.

Patrons at bars and restaurants can remain at 100% capacity but will be required to remain seated unless they are placing an order or using the restroom, and seating is limited to 8 people per table. Larger groups will need to be split up between multiple tables.

Gatherings such as weddings and funerals will also have tables or groups limited to 8 people.

Under the upcoming DHM, hospitals must maintain 10% open hospital beds and ICU beds in order to continue offering elective surgeries. If a hospital drops below the 10% capacity, elective surgeries must stop until more beds are available. Hospitals cannot transfer patients to another hospital in order to free up bed space and allow elective surgeries.

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