Lincoln Mayor Relaxes Restrictions On Restaurants; State Parks Remain Closed

May 29, 2020

State health officials reported one additional death from COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 164 deaths from the virus in the state, and 13-thousand-261 confirmed cases. The Department of Health and Human Services says 41-percent of hospital beds and 79-percent of ventilators are available. Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced yesterday that she will allow some local restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas. Baird said she will take emergency action to give the restaurants the opportunity to increase their capacity while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Ways Baird suggests restaurants could expand their seating include putting tables on lawns or parking lots where patrons could be served. State parks, lodges and recreation areas will remain closed through June 15th. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said another extension is also possible to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Officials said lodging reservations impacted by the closures will be refunded.