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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.

Governor Updates Directed Health Measures

Apr 30, 2020

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is announcing updates to Directed Health Measures.  Douglas, Cass, Sarpy and several other counties will have relaxed Directed Health Measure guidelines for restaurants starting May 4th.  The changes call for restaurants to have 50-percent capacity, no bar seating, no buffets and no salad bars.  Customers can only consume alcohol with a meal, and no more than six people can be seated at a table.

Nebraskans who order takeout during the coronavirus pandemic may soon be able to get a side of bread, milk and toilet paper from their local restaurant. Gov. Pete Ricketts says he is relaxing state rules that govern what local eateries can sell to give them more flexibility as they struggle with sharp declines in business. The move would allow restaurants to sell food and other goods not labeled for retail sale, including eggs, butter, cereal, produce and disinfectants.