Omaha COVID-19 Recovery Update


February 26, 2020

As Omaha moves toward recovery, Visit Omaha remains committed to providing up-to-date information to help keep visitors and residents healthy and safe. See below for the current directed health measures from the Douglas County Health Department.

See directed health measures, guidance documents, travel recommendations, and more from the Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

Are masks required in Omaha?

A:

Per a City of Omaha emergency ordinance, all individuals age five and older must wear a mask when they are in an indoor space that is open to the public unless six feet of separation from others can be achieved at all times.

Q:

Which Omaha attractions are open?

A:

Omaha attractions are open. Visit the Omaha attractions page for updates on individual attractions. View updates from the top attractions below:

Q:

Are Omaha bars & restaurants open?

A:

Bars and restaurants are open. We suggest calling ahead to a restaurant to see if they have any additional restrictions. Below are recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Patrons should be seated while on premise unless they are placing an order, using the restroom, or playing games.

  • Maximum of eight (8) individuals in a party.

Q:

Are hotels taking reservations?

A:

Omaha hotels are open and taking reservations. View hotel rates.

Q:

Are Omaha salons & barber shops open?

A:

Yes. We suggest calling ahead to see if the establishment has any additional requirements. Below are recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Six (6) feet of separation between customers.

  • Both workers and patrons should wear masks at all times.

    • An exception will be made for all services performed on faces. Patrons will be permitted to remove their mask while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premises.

Q:

Are Omaha massage parlors and day spas open?

A:

Yes. See a list of our local day spas. We suggest calling ahead to check if the establishment has any further restrictions. Below are recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Six (6) feet of separation between customers.

  • Both workers and patrons should wear masks at all times.

    • An exception will be made for all services performed on faces. Patrons will be permitted to remove their masks while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premises.

Q:

Are Omaha Gyms, Fitness Centers/Clubs, Health Clubs & Spas open?

A:
  • Yes, they are open for business. We suggest calling to learn more about each establishment's requirements. 

  • Six (6) feet of separation between customers is required.

Q:

Are Omaha tattoo parlors & body art facilities open?

A:

Some tattoo parlors and body art facilities are open. We suggest calling ahead to see if the establishment has any further restrictions. Below are recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Both workers and patrons are still required to wear masks at all times.

    • An exception will be made for all services performed on faces. Patrons will be permitted to remove their masks while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premises.

Q:

What are the restrictions for Omaha wedding & funeral reception venues?

A:

Below are recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Maximum of eight (8) individuals in a party/at a table.

  • 100% of rated occupancy continues.

Q:

What are the restrictions on gatherings and sports events?

A:

Gatherings & Sports Events are allowed with the following recommendations. See upcoming events.

  • Indoor Gatherings can be 100% of rated occupancy.

  • Outdoor Gatherings can be 100% of rated occupancy.

  • Gatherings include but are not limited to indoor or outdoor arenas, indoor or outdoor auctions, stadiums, tracks, fairgrounds, festivals, zoos, auditoriums, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, indoor theaters, libraries, swimming pools, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.

  • Six (6) feet separation between groups

Friends, Family, and Neighbors

Omaha tourism brings families closer together and helps neighborhoods grow. In this time of uncertainty, Visit Omaha is focused on the 17,826 of our friends, family, and neighbors who depend on tourism for their livelihoods. Many have been impacted deeply by the closures and cancellations. 

Facts:
  • Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Douglas County: 63,771

  • April 3, 2020: The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha launched a groundbreaking mobile app to screen large groups of individuals who are concerned that they may have COVID-19. The app is currently available in the Apple App Store

  • The UNMC is on the forefront of containing COVID-19. Commissioned in 2005 by the United States Centers for Disease Control, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) at UNMC provides the first line of treatment for people with highly communicable diseases, such as COVID-19. UNMC was called to help when COVID-19 first hit our country, caring for 15 American passengers who were quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise ship. Those passengers arrived in Omaha on February 7, 2020 - all recovered and were home by March 8, 2020.

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