(KFOR NEWS November 16, 2020) The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has issued a new local Directed Health Measure (DHM) that states any individual or entity which owns or operates any premises other than a residence, including but not limited to private and public educational institutions or school districts, shall require all individuals age five (5) and older to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors unless the individual is able to and maintains at least six (6) feet of separation at all times and is not in the same room or workspace from anyone else who is not their household member. The DHM also requires business owners to ensure their patrons age five and older wear face coverings any time they cannot maintain six feet of separation with non-household members.
The DHM goes into effect Monday, November 16 and continues until December 7.
The DHM includes exceptions. Masks are not required for the following:
Mayor Gaylor Baird said the City will continue to focus on education rather than enforcement, but will prosecute repeated offenses or deliberate non-compliance. Those who observe suspected violations should not call the Police or Sheriff’s 911 or non-emergency numbers. Those lines of communication must remain open for emergencies. Those situations should be reported to UPLNK either through the phone app or online at UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov. Businesses with questions on the DHM may call 402-441-6280.
Visit Business Resources for business reopening guidance and recommendations.
To the extent possible, providers shall maintain the same groups of children daily. Child care providers, if wearing a face covering, can work with different groups of children.
Those in these excepted settings should maintain at least six feet of separation between individuals as much as possible.
Those who observe suspected violations should not call the Police or Sheriff’s 911 or non-emergency numbers. Those situations should be reported to UPLNK either through the phone app or online at UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov. The initial response to any complaint will be handled by LLCHD. Health officials will provide education to those who need it about why compliance is so vital to our community’s safety. UPLNK cases are acknowledged when staff receive and enter them. They are closed after they have been dispatched and investigated.
READ MORE: Prison Housing Units On Isolation/Quarantine Status