COVID-19 Directed Health Measures


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Phase II and Reopening Guidelines

Understanding the Current Directed Health Measures

All 93 Nebraska counties are covered by state directed health measures.    

All counties except for Dakota, Hall, Hamilton and Merrick are in Phase II of reopening June 1-June 30:

  • General gatherings are limited to the greater of 25 persons (excluding staff) or 25% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 3,000).
  • In addition to restaurants, bars may reopen. Bars and restaurants are limited to 50% of the rated occupancy, with a maximum of six persons per table.
  • Gyms will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy.
  • Salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, and tattoo parlors will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy. Both workers and patrons are still required in the DHM to wear masks at all times.
  • Wedding and funeral reception venues will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy. Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited at these events. No dances or other social events that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables are permitted.

Plans for reopening must be submitted to the local health departments and approved for all indoor and outdoor locations/venues that hold 500 or more individuals (1,000 or more in counties over 500,000 population) before reopening is permitted. The reopening plan must contain planned number of guests, how the location will meet social distancing guidelines, and sanitation guidelines.

Dakota, Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick counties are in Phase I of reopening June 1-June 30. View information on Phase 1 DHMs.

Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other places of worship resumed services beginning May 4. Each household must meet a minimum of six feet of separation.

Hospitals resumed elective surgeries on May 4 if they met certain capacity requirements. Dental offices, eye care clinics and veterinary clinics also reopened.

Limited and non-contact team sports, for both youth and adults, may resume practices on June 1. Games resulting from these practices (including rodeos) may begin to occur, starting June 18. However, contact sports like basketball, tackle football, soccer, and wrestling remain prohibited.

Current Directed Health Measures

County Directed Health Measure
Adams DHM
Antelope DHM
Arthur DHM
Banner DHM
Blaine DHM
Boone DHM
Box Butte DHM
Boyd DHM
Brown DHM
Buffalo DHM
Burt DHM
Butler DHM
Cass DHM
Cedar DHM
Chase DHM
Cherry DHM
Cheyenne DHM
Clay DHM
Colfax DHM
Cuming DHM
Custer DHM
Dakota DHM
Dawes DHM
Dawson DHM
Deuel DHM
Dixon DHM
Dodge DHM
Douglas DHM
Dundy DHM
Fillmore DHM
Franklin DHM
Frontier DHM
Furnas DHM
Gage DHM
Garden DHM
Garfield DHM
Gosper DHM
Grant DHM
Greeley DHM
Hall DHM
Hamilton DHM
Harlan DHM
Hayes DHM
Hitchcock DHM
Holt DHM
Hooker DHM
Howard DHM
Jefferson DHM
Johnson DHM
Kearney DHM
Keith DHM
Kaya Paha DHM
Kimball DHM
Knox DHM
Lancaster DHM
Lincoln DHM
Logan DHM
Loup DHM
Madison DHM
McPherson DHM
Merrick DHM
Morrill DHM
Nance DHM
Nemaha DHM
Nuckolls DHM
Otoe DHM
Pawnee DHM
Perkins DHM
Phelps DHM
Pierce DHM
Platte DHM
Polk DHM
Red Willow DHM
Richardson DHM
Rock DHM
Saline DHM
Sarpy DHM
Saunders DHM
Scotts Bluff DHM
Seward DHM
Sheridan DHM
Sherman DHM
Sioux DHM
Stanton DHM
Thayer DHM
Thomas DHM
Thurston DHM
Valley DHM
Washington DHM
Wayne DHM
Webster DHM
Wheeler DHM
York DHM