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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Sarpy County Entering Phase 4 of COVID-19 Restrictions

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On Sept. 14, Sarpy County will enter Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan, which will relax or remove a number of restrictions on businesses and gatherings. (See below for details.)

While we’re happy to enter the next phase, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still present in our community. To ensure that we keep moving forward with our economic recovery, it’s up to all of us to take precautions:

  • Wear a mask when you’re in a public setting – indoors or outdoors – where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Watch your distance. Stay at least six feet from people who don’t live in the same home as you. Remember to socially distance in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If running water isn’t available, use hand sanitizer

If you visit La Vista city facilities, you’ll see a number of changes we’ve made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including plexiglass barriers at all customer counters, touchless hand sanitizer stations, and signs and floor markings that indicate appropriate social distancing. These precautions will remain in place even as the restrictions ease.

New Directed Health Measures effective Sept. 14 

Nebraska will enter the fourth phase of the Governor’s Directed Health Measures on Monday, Sept. 14. The following rules will apply to Sarpy County:

Indoor gatherings will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy. Six-feet social distancing remains a recommendation, not a requirement. Plans for reopening or expanding to 75% capacity must be submitted to and approved by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for all locations/venues/events that hold 500 or more people. Your plan must include your expected number of guests, how the location will allow for social distancing and your sanitation plans. Submit your plans at sarpycasshealthdepartment.org.

Outdoor gatherings can return to 100% occupancy. Six-feet social distancing remains a recommendation, not a requirement. Plans for reopening or expanding to 100% capacity must be submitted to and approved by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for all locations/venues/events that hold 500 or more people. Your plan must include your expected number of guests, how the location will allow for social distancing and your sanitation plans. Submit your plans at sarpycasshealthdepartment.org

Other changes

Under the updated Directed Health Measure, all restrictions will be lifted for the following businesses and activities on Sept. 14. However, the state will continue to recommend a number of guidelines each industry is encouraged to follow. All of the guidance documents are available here.  

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Beauty services industry
  • Wedding and funeral reception venues
  • Gyms, fitness centers, health clubs and health spas
  • Youth sports
  • Childcare centers

Though many restrictions are being lifted, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department continue to recommend following the CDC’s guidance to keep you and your loved ones healthy, including:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contacts. Stay 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings.
  • Wash your hands often. It’s especially important to wash before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after using the restroom, after leaving a public place, after handling your mask, after coughing or sneezing, after blowing your nose, after changing a diaper. After caring for someone sick, or after touching animals or pets.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Certain people are at higher risk of getting very ill from COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious or chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. People in these higher-risk groups should:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • When you go out in public, maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others and wear a cloth face mask.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Stay away from others who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often.

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