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Directed Health Measures and Other Guidance

Governor Ricketts' Plan to Preserve Hospital Capacity

Beginning January 30, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. - February 28, all Nebraska counties are under the Green Phase of Directed Health Measures.

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.

The revised DHMs are posted on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.  To view them, go to dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.gov, and click on the link for “Directed Health Measures.” 

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