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Majority of Nebraska to move to ‘phase 2’ of Directed Health Measures on Monday

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Monday will bring a bit more normalcy for residents in Nebraska.

As part of "Phase 2" of the Directed Health Measures, on Monday, bars and wedding venues may reopen under the same rules that apply to restaurants. This includes 50% capacity, social distancing, and having customers sitting at tables.

Gov, Pete Ricketts said people need to continue to use common sense when it comes to these venues reopening.

"What we are trying to do is avoid the mixing of large groups of people," said Gov. Ricketts. "If you have the father and daughter sitting at the same table already, then that's fine. But here's the deal, we can't have a bunch of people getting up and dancing. That's going to be those big groups of people mixing together. And you don't want to be the wedding that when we do our contact tracing that we have a big outbreak of coronavirus was related to your wedding. That's not a good wedding memory."

Phase 2 applies to 89 of the 93 counties in the state. Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota Counties will instead move to "Phase 1".

Blake Branch

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