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Nebraska restaurants, bars adjust to new DHMs

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) --- On Wednesday, La Isla Restaurant and Bar in South Sioux City, Nebraska, made new adjustments to abide by the re-instated health measures.

Caution tape blocked off tables to let customers know.

"I'm worried, but you have to do it for the good of everybody," said Cesar De Luna.

Owner Cesar De Luna said even though this isn't the first time restrictions have been placed on his business, it hurts just as bad as the first time.

"It's kinda worrying, cause when we shut the first time, it was hard for us, but the government helped but the money was not enough. It was only for three months. It's hard, especially when you have a lot of people depending on you," said De Luna.

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, for restaurants and bars 100 percent rated occupancy will continue. However, a maximum of eight people will be allowed in a party. This means if there is a group of 10 people, that group would have to split to multiple tables.

Meanwhile indoor gathers will be limited to 50 percent capacity of rated occupancy, while outdoor gatherings will remain at 100 percent. According to the department, gathers include but are not limited: indoor and outdoor arenas, indoor or outdoor auctions, stadiums, tracks, fairgrounds, festivals, zoos, auditoriums, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, indoor theaters, libraries, and swimming pools.

Now, De Luna is rolling with the stricter rules, so he can stay open and keep his customers full. He said his staff disinfects religiously, and said the health department told him his business is staying up to health code.

De Luna is trying to keep a positive outlook after seven months of unknowns.

"It hurts. It hurts. All you can do is keep praying and keep working," said De Luna.

De Luna said he hopes customers understand he has to follow the law to keep his business open.

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