March 19 Update
Directed Health Measure from Governor Ricketts
Late Thursday, March 19, Governor Rickets announced a Directed Health Measure for all communities in the Omaha metro area. The measure imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. This is a necessary step to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.
Among other steps, the DHM requires restaurants and bars in these affected areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout service, delivery and/or curbside service only. The DHM further prohibits the gathering of more than ten (10) patrons or customers, excluding staff, in a single room or single space at the same time. This includes, but is not limited to, daycares (including in-home facilities), gymnasiums, salons, fitness centers, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, theaters, libraries, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings.
This order mandates all local police departments within Sarpy County as well as the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department to enforce the order, which requires these business closings and attendance limits.
The DHM does not apply to courts, medical providers, public utilities, critical city and county operations, logistics/distribution centers, congregate living setting, shelters, public transportation, airports, retail, grocery stores, fuel centers, or other spaces where ten (10) or more person may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments.
This order will cause people to have a number of questions. The following are a few resources:
All entities involved understand the financial hardship this will put on our business community, but at this time our priority is the safety and health of all our residents. The goal of this order is to reduce illness, minimize spread and preserve our health care system with the goal of getting back to normal as soon as possible.