The Directed Health Measure in Lincoln runs through January 15th

LINCOLN, Neb. (COLN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) on Wednesday reminded residents that changes to the State Direct Health Act (DHM) that are effective Thursday do not affect the DHM applicable to Lincoln and Lancaster County. The current local DHM started on December 18 and runs through January 15, 2021. An overview is below.

Restaurants, bars and other food service points:

  • Sales of alcohol for consumption on the spot can be resumed for bars that do not sell food.
  • The parties shall consist of eight or fewer individuals and the parties shall be at least 6 meters apart.
  • Occupancy is limited to 50 percent of capacity.
  • Individuals must remain seated unless they order food or beverages, use the toilet or participate in games.
  • Individuals must wear face clothing whenever they are not sitting.
  • All businesses must stop serving alcoholic beverages at. 22.45 and must close at 23.00
  • Companies can offer pick-up and delivery of food orders after kl. 23 Companies can also offer collection of alcohol after kl. 23 as permitted under state law.


  • Indoor joints are limited to a maximum of 25 percent of the nominal occupancy (not to exceed 2,000).
  • Collection in a closed environment is limited to a maximum of 25 percent of the nominal occupancy (maximum 4,000).
  • Exceptions continue to apply to aggregate restrictions for some key businesses, including but not limited to schools, grocery and retail stores, office environments, and factories.
  • All major events with more than 500 people will continue to be postponed until January 15, 2021, unless previously approved.

Pedal pubs and party buses:

  • Licensed businesses that allow the consumption of alcohol in the streets of the city can resume operations with a capacity of 50 percent.
  • Operators must keep a list of passengers for 21 days and provide this list to the LLCHD upon request to assist with contact tracking.

Fitness centre:

  • Occupancy remains at 25 percent of capacity.
  • Indoor adult team sports involving two or more people as well as contact or restricted sports such as basketball and volleyball can be resumed with additional safety precautions. Individuals must wear face clothing unless they are actively involved in an activity that prevents the use of masks. Spectators are limited to a maximum of two per. Participant, and spectators and participants must be at least 6 meters apart when possible.

Childcare numbers as well as religious gatherings – including weddings and funerals – will be managed by the current state of DHM.

For more information, visit or call the health department’s hotline at 402-441-8006.

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