Omaha COVID-19 Recovery Update


September 24, 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 IV of the state’s health mandate maintains many previous directives as guidelines only.  See below for the health and sanitation protocols recommended by the Douglas County Health Department.

Highlights from the Phase IV Health Directives

 See the full outline from the Department of Health and Human Services (effective September 14, 2020)

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 beginning to 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 recommended guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • 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.

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 recommended guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy.

  • 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 mask while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premise.

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 recommended guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • They will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy.

  • 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 premise.

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. 

Q:

What are the restrictions on gatherings and sports events?

A:

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

  • Indoor Gatherings will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy.

  • Outdoor Gatherings 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 remains in guidance.

  • 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 a planned number of guests, how the location will meet social distancing guidelines, and sanitation guidelines.

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 recommended guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • They will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy.

  • 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 mask while receiving services directly. The mask must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premise.

Q:

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

A:

Below are recommended guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • 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: 15,688

  • 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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