Earlier this afternoon Governor Pete Ricketts announced the state’s first Directed Health Measure for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The measure imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. This is a necessary step to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. All Sarpy County government entities and the City of Plattsmouth strongly support this order. According to the Governor’s Office, this health measure applies to all communities in Educational Service Units (ESU) #3 and #19, which includes Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. It will be in effect until April 30, 2020.
Among other steps, the measure requires restaurants and bars in these affected areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout service, delivery and/or curbside service only. The measure further prohibits the gathering of more than ten patrons or customers, excluding staff, in a single room or single space at the same time. This includes, but is not limited to, daycares (including in-home facilities), gymnasiums, salons, fitness centers, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, theaters, libraries, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings.
This order mandates all local police departments and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office to enforce the order, which requires these business closings and attendance limits. Liquor, beer and wine sales are restricted to carry-out sales and delivery only, to the extent permitted by law. The health measure also prohibits the onsite consumption of liquor, beer and wine.
The Directed Health Measure does not apply to courts, medical providers, public utilities, critical city and county operations, logistics/distribution centers, congregate living setting, shelters, public transportation, airports, retail, grocery stores, fuel centers, or other spaces where ten or more person may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments.
This order will cause people to have a number of questions. The following are a few resources:
- For questions regarding enforcement, please email [email protected]
- For questions regarding the pandemic please call the Sarpy/Cass Health Department at 402-339-4334 or go to https://www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/.
All entities involved understand the financial hardship this will put on our community, but at this time our priority is the safety and health of all our residents. The goal of this order is to reduce illness, minimize spread and preserve our health care system with the goal of getting back to normal as soon as possible.