Omaha COVID-19 Recovery Update


July 10, 2020

As Omaha moves toward recovery and businesses begin to reopen, Visit Omaha remains committed to providing up-to-date information to help keep visitors and residents healthy and safe. Phase II of the state’s health directives allow Omaha gathering places, bars, and other businesses to open with health and sanitation protocols in place. 

Highlights from the Phase III Health Directives (effective June 22, 2020)

 See the full outline from the Department of Health and Human Services

Attractions
Bars & Restaurants
  • Restaurants, Bars, Bottle Clubs, and Gentlemen’s Clubs remain open for dine-in.

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

  • 100% of rated occupancy.

  • Maximum of eight (8) individuals in a party (groups larger than eight will need to split into multiple tables).

  • Food may be consumed at bar seating.

  • Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals.

  • Games such as pool, darts, arcade games, etc. are allowed.

Gatherings and Sports
  • Indoor gatherings will be limited to 50% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 10,000).

  • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 10,000).

  • 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.

  • Groups shall be no larger than eight (8) individuals.

  • Six (6) feet separation between groups moves to guidance.

  • Parades, carnivals, midways, dances, and street dances, and beer gardens remain prohibited through Phase III. 

    • Parades where patrons remain in their vehicles and the public does not line the streets are permitted.

    • Dancing at events is permissible if individuals remain at their tables/seats and keep social distancing between groups.

    • Dance recitals are permitted but must follow the Gathering requirements.

  • Plans for reopening or expanding to new capacity limits must be submitted to the local health departments and approved for all indoor and outdoor locations/venues that hold 500 or more individuals (1,000 or more in counties over 500,000 population) before reopening is permitted. The reopening plan must contain planned number of guests, how the location will meet social distancing guidelines, and sanitation guidelines.

Gyms, Fitness Centers/Clubs, Health Clubs, & Health Spas
  • Will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy

Salons, Barber Shops, Massage Therapy Services, & Tattoo Parlors/Body Art Facilities
  • Will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy.

  • Both workers and patrons are still required in the DHM to 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 premise.

Wedding & Funeral Reception Venues
  • Maximum of eight (8) individuals in a party (groups larger than eight (8) will need to split into multiple tables).

  • Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals.

  • Limited dances or other social events requiring guests to gather outside of their respective tables in guidance.

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. It is more important than ever that we remain connected and supportive. Find Tourism Community Resources here

Facts:
  • Total number of COVID-19 cases in Douglas County: 7,964

  • 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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