WAYNE – Joni Albrecht explained the new Directed Health Measures (DHM) for the month of June in District 17, in her weekly press release. She noted that these measures are different for Dakota county compared to Wayne and Thurston County. Also, the senator updated the district about team sports and agricultural relief programs.
Baseball, softball, and volleyball practices can begin in Nebraska on June 1st. Games can begin on June 18th. Rodeos can begin on June 1st. All other sports, these include the contact sports like football, basketball, and wrestling, are still prohibited. These guidelines apply for the whole state.
There have been guidelines sent out to all county fair officials and livestock show managers to help them put on a safe show.
Through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), $16 billion in direct payments will be given to farmers and ranchers. Eligible producers can begin signing up for this program on Tuesday, May 26th. Also, food banks can apply for a grant that would give them more refrigeration space.
New travel restrictions are in place statewide. Anyone can travel internationally, contingent that they quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the country.
Dakota County will move into phase one of the reopening of Nebraska starting June 1st. Gatherings of ten people or less are recommended. This excludes staff members of businesses. Dine-in restaurants must continue carryout only. The good news is that salons and barber shops will be allowed to operate with the use of masks. Also, daycare facilities can open. They can follow the person limit outlined by their license or they may not exceed 15 children per room.
Thurston and Wayne counties will move into phase two of Nebraska’s reopening on June 1st. In these two counties, dining-in will be allowed. The restaurant must maintain 50 percent occupancy. Six feet must be between parties in the dining area. The new people gathering limit will be 25 people in Wayne and Thurston counties. Parades, carnivals, and dances are prohibited for the month of June. Any event expected to hold 500 or more people must get a plan approved by the local health department. Gyms and salons can reopen in these counties, given that 50 percent occupancy is maintained and patrons stay six feet apart. Masks are required in these establishments. Excluding staff, a maximum of 25 people can attend a wedding in Wayne and Thurston counties. No buffets will be allowed at a wedding.
For more information about county fair guidelines visit www.nda.nebraska.gov/COVID-19. To check for eligibility for a CFAP grant go to www.necattlemen.org. For more information about the food bank grant check out www.becomeafan.org. You can direct any other thoughts or questions to Joni Albrecht at her email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.