Effective today, the State of Nebraska has moved from the “blue” to “green” phase of the coronavirus pandemic response plan. As a result, the State of Nebraska is issuing new Directed Health Measures (DHMs). The new DHMs change restrictions in place to help manage the coronavirus pandemic.
Nebraska’s pandemic response plan links DHM restrictions to the percentage of staffed hospital beds in Nebraska filled by coronavirus patients. The percentage is below 10% (7-day rolling average), which is the threshold for the State moving to the “green” phase of its pandemic plan. The "green" phase lifts remaining restrictions on extracurricular activities and indoor and outdoor events. It is the least restrictive category of the state plan. The color-coded chart is available at this link: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/DHM-Measure-Table-ENGLISH.pdf
- Moving from the “blue” to “green” phase involves the following DHM change:
- The maximum capacity for indoor gatherings, including youth extracurricular activities, goes from 75% to 100%.
Organizers of gatherings of 500 or more people (1,000 or more in Douglas County), must still submit a reopening plan to their local health department and receive approval before holding their events. Aside from this requirement, there are no restrictions on gatherings/venues in the “green” phase of the State’s plan. However, guidance is still in place and recommended.
The new DHMs have updated quarantine requirements.
- Nebraskans who’ve been fully vaccinated (received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine) do not have to quarantine after a close contact. Instead, they will be in the “self-monitor” category, which involves wearing a mask for 14 days from the date of exposure and monitoring for symptoms.
- Nebraskans who have recovered from the coronavirus in the past three months do not need to quarantine after a close contact, though they’re encouraged to monitor for symptoms.
The new DHMs also amend the definition of “close contact” to clarify that exposures start 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or positive test.
Executive Order 21-02 remains in force. It gives public bodies the option to meet virtually by videoconference or teleconference through April 30, 2021.