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NEWS

June 15, 2020

On June 22nd, Wayne County and most of the rest of the state of Nebraska (outside of Dakota, Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick counties) will move into Phase III of the state’s Directed Health Measures. The changes are as follows: 

Sports
- Fan attendance for youth and school games changes to the same limit as Gatherings on June 22nd, and will no longer be limited to household members only

- Contact team sports may begin practices and games on July 1st

Elective Surgeries
- All restrictions on elective surgeries are removed from the DHM on June 22nd

Bars & Restaurants
- 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

- These businesses will be allowed to open to 100% of rated capacity

- A maximum of eight (8) people will be allowed in a part (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 still prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals.

- Games such as pool, darts, arcade games, etc. ARE allowed

Childcare Facilities
- Capacity will be limited to the following numbers: infants to 3-years old (15 children per room/space); 3 year olds (20 children per room/space); 4-5 year olds (24 children per room/space); school-age children (K-12): 30 children per room/space

- All other state provisions, statutes and regulations, including child-to-staff ratios, still apply

Gatherings
- INDOOR Gatherings will be limited to 50% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 10,000).

- OUTDOOR Gatherings will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 10,000).

- 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.

- Groups shall be no larger than eight (8) individuals

- Six (6) feet of separation between groups moves to guidance.

- Parades, carnivals, midways, dances and street dances, and beer gardens remain prohibited through Phase III (Parades where patrons remain in their vehicles and the public does not line the streets are permitted. Dancing at social events is permissible if the individuals remain at their tables/seats and keep social distancing between groups. Dance recitals are permitted but must follow the Gatherings requirements.

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

Gyms, Fitness Centers, Health Clubs & Health Spas
- Will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy.

Salons, Barber Shops, Massage Therapy Services, & Tattoo Parlors/Body Art Facilities
- Will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy

- Both workers and patrons are still required in the DHM 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 mast must be worn by the patron at all other times while on the premise.

Wedding & Funeral Reception Venues
- Maximum of eight (8) individuals in a party (groups larger than eight 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.

June 3, 2020

The Mayor and Council again discussed a variety of City services impacted by the current pandemic at its last meeting. City Hall was reopened on June 1 with a 6-foot distancing rule. It was noted that City buildings for rent with the exception of the CAC would start reopening to the public. The library is taking direction from the Nebraska Library Association as to how and when they will start to reopen. The Senior Center will likely be the last City building to open. There was again extended discussion on the status of opening the swimming pool. Council and staff discussed some of the possible logistics with opening the pool. There is still some caulking needing to be finished as well as some work on the water heaters. While no date is set in stone, we did discuss about the soonest we could open would be June 27. The City will get more information out as soon as a decision has been made.

May 21, 2020

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced new Directive Health Measures for most of the state which take effect June 1. 

The measures are available here and here.

Travel Quarantine

  • Starting June 1st, only individuals returning from international travel will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon coming back to Nebraska.
  • The restriction will not apply to individuals traveling in connection with military service or in connection with employment at a health care facility. 

Sports

  • Team sports have been categorized by contact level (contact, limited-contact, non-contact) based on guidance from the American Academy of Pediactrics (available here). These categories will be used for determining the opening of different team sports. 
  • Limited contact and non-contact team sports including baseball, softball and volleyball, for both youth and adults, may resume practices on June 1st and games on June 18th.
  • "Contact sports" like basketball, tackle football, soccer and wrestling remain prohibited. 
  • Rodeos may also begin on June 1st. Rodeo events will be treated as "gatherings" under the new DHMs.
  • School gyms and weight rooms are permitted to follow gyms, fitness centers/clubs, health clubs, and health spas DHM requirements. 

Phase II Reopenings

  • Gatherings will be limited to the greater of 25 persons (excluding staff) or 25% of rated occupancy (not to exceed 3,000) for gatherings held at: 
    • 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.
    • Groups shall be no larger than six (6) individuals and six (6) feet of separation between groups must be maintained. 
    • Parades, carnivals, midways, dances and street dances, and beer gardens are prohibited through June 30th and may be extended. Parades where patrons remain in their vehicles and the public does not line the streets are permitted. 
    • Dance recitals are permitted but must follow the Gathering requirements. 
    • Plans for reopening 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 planned number of guests, how the location will meet social distancing guidelines, and sanitation guidelines. 
  • Restaurants remain open for dine-in, and bars can reopen. Bars and restaurants are limited to 50% of the rated occupancy, with a maximum of six persons per table. Six feet of separation must be maintained between seating of different parties. Food may not be consumed at bar seating. Games such as pool, darts, arcade games, etc. are prohibited. 
  • Childcare facilities will remain at not more than 15 children per room/space. All other state provisions, statues, and regulations, including child-to-staff ratios, still apply. 
  • Gyms will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy. Also must ensure a minimum distance of six feet be maintained between all patrons. 
  • Salons, barber shops, massage therapy services and tattoo parlors will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy. Both workers and patrons are still required in the DHM to wear masks at all times. 
  • Wedding and funeral reception venues will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated occupancy. Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. No dances or other social events that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables are permitted. 
  • Other group size and physical distancing limitations apply to the gatherings and venues above. 

May 20, 2020

The Mayor and Council discussed City services "disrupted" by the current pandemic at its last meeting. City Hall will begin to reopen on June 1. We will limit the number of people to the building as well as keep 6 feet of distance between the public. There was also extended discussion on the status of opening the swimming pool. At this time the Council wants to wait until the Governor comes out with additional guidance on pools. The Council did not want to set any type of date on a possible opening as they don’t want to disappoint the public if we cannot open then. The City wants to be as transparent as possible as it makes this important decision for the summer. Safety is the most important factor.

May 13, 2020

The Community Activity Center will be partially re-opening on Monday, May 18th, although ONLY the Fitness Room will be open. We will NOT be opening the gym, walking track, youth room, or community room until further notice. ONLY members ages 18 and up are allowed in the facility at this time. Members will sign up for 45 minute time slots to come work out.  There will be NO 24-HOUR ACCESS.  Temporary hours will be as follows:

M-F: 6am-9am; 11am-2pm; 4pm-9pm
SAT: 9am-11am; 1pm-5pm; 6pm-9pm
SUN: 12pm-4pm

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Members may sign up for one 45-minute time slot per day that will start on the hour of each hour we are open. (6am-6:45 am; 7am-7:45am; etc.). Sign-ups will be reserved BY PHONE OR EMAIL ONLY. NO WALK UPS. Call the Wayne CAC at 402-375-4803 or email aschwarte@cityofwayne.org. Throughout the week (May 13-15th), phone calls will only be answered between the hours of 7:30 am-4:30 pm. We will not be taking reservations by phone May 16th or 17th. You may email at any time. We will NOT be taking reservations via Facebook or Facebook Messenger. 

Reservations can be made one week in advance. Reservations will open the Friday prior to each week and go from Monday-Sunday of the following week. At this time we are allowing 12 people in the Fitness area. No walking track. Between time slots and during closed hours, we will be deep cleaning the facility. 

We will ONLY allow members in the facility at this time and until further notice. If you did not have a membership as of April 1 or if you had an expired membership that was not renewed prior to April 1 you will not have access to the facility until our full opening. No guests, punch cards, or day passes at this time. Current memberships ONLY until further notice. 

Along with these guidelines, see the facility guidelines below that we will be following until further notice. If you have any questions, please direct them to Amber Schwarte at aschwarte@cityofwayne.org or call the Wayne Activity Center at 402-375-4803.

  • Each individual MUST check-in at the front desk upon arrival.
  • There will be a 45-minute time slot for each individual per day. You may reserve one week at a time via phone or email. Each week, reservations will open on Friday for the following week. Weeks will go Monday to Sunday. We will not be allowing walk-ups.
  • Everyone MUST check in with our front-desk staff. We will not be using the binder for scanning in.
  • Only 12 people will be allowed in the Fitness Area at a time. We expect patrons to abide by the 6-foot distancing guidelines at all times. No spotting each other, conversations should remain 6-feet apart, etc.
  • We expect all patrons to use disinfectant wipes on equipment prior to and after use. Our staff will be monitoring this and they will provide additional sanitation throughout the day.
  • The water fountain will be a fill station only. No drinking directly out of the water fountain.
  • Locker rooms will be closed until further notice. Please come in the clothes you plan to work out in. Bathrooms will be available, allowing only two people in the bathroom at a time.
  • TV remotes will be stored behind the front desk. Channels may be changed upon request.
  • Vending machines will be turned off, however we will have water bottles/Gatorade for purchase behind the front desk.
  • Towels will be available behind the front desk upon request.
  • Our staff has the right to ask any person to leave at any time if they feel someone is not abiding by these rules.

May 12, 2020


Gov. Ricketts has issued guidance to resume youth and adult softball and baseball in June, with enhanced physical distancing measures in place for the safety of athletes, coaches and spectators. Practices will be permitted starting on June 1st, and games can take place beginning June 18th. Please see the full Youth Sports Reopening Guidelines for direction.

May 1, 2020


Gov. Ricketts has issued an Executive Order on Unemployment Benefits and released guidance for places of worship to resume services. You can read that order here

April 27, 2020


On April 24th, Gov. Ricketts revised the Directed Health Measure that is in place affecting the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (Wayne, Cedar, Dixon and Thurston counties). The new guidelines are set to go in effect on May 4, 2020 and are as follows:

  • Churches: Religious services will be allowed to resume. Household groups must be separated by six feet. Nothing may be passed between people in attendance.
  • Restaurants: In-store dining may resume but can serve no more than 50% capacity at a time. No more than six people at a table and tables must be at least six feet apart. No salad bars, buffets or customer self-service will be permitted, nor will bar seating be allowed.
  • Hair/Nail Businesses: Business will be allowed to reopen. Patrons and service providers must wear masks and no more than 10 people allowed inside at a time.
  • Tattoo Parlors: Also will be allowed to reopen. Patrons and service providers must wear masks and no more than 10 people allowed inside at a time.
  • Massage Studios: Will be allowed to operate with no more than 10 people allowed inside at a time. All patrons and service providers must wear masks.
  • Childcare Centers: Up to 15 children per room will be permitted (up from 10 allowed previously).

The following businesses and services will remain closed:

  • Schools
  • Bars and Movie Theaters
  • Nursing homes are off-limits to visitors
  • Gentlemen’s Clubs and bottle clubs
  • Public gatherings may have no more than 10 persons

April 14, 2020

The City of Wayne currently plans to keep park spaces and campgrounds open as long as the "10 person and under" rule and 6-foot social distancing recommendations are being observed by the community. If neglect for these rules and recommendations becomes apparent, the City will re-evaluate its decision (much like the closing of the courts at College View Park).

The City realizes that park spaces may pose a risk during these times but still encourages time and exercise outside with family members from the same household. The following link from the CDC gives good information regarding visiting public park spaces. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/visitors.html 

Stay safe and stay healthy!

April 11, 2020

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wayne County has been confirmed by the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department. 

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April 9, 2020

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced today that the State’s tenth COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes new businesses. The measure is being issued to bring greater consistency between state and local DHMs, which had previously closed a handful of categories not covered by the state. It will be in effect beginning tonight at 12:00 a.m. Read the full DHM here

Additions to the Statewide DHM
- All beauty/nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, gentlemen’s clubs, bottle clubs, indoor theatres, and tattoo parlors/studios are closed until April 30, 2020

- All organized team sports, youth and adult, including but not limited to club sports are suspended until May 31, 2020

- Auto racing is now specifically listed in the social gathering section. Drivers and their crews are considered patrons/invitees not staff. 

These measures are in conjunction with previously issued measures which may be found below or by clicking here.
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April 8, 2020

Due to the current situation, as of today, the Versa Courts (the basketball courts near the old swimming pool/bowling alley) will be locked up and closed until further notice.

April 7, 2020

City council meeting is tonight at 5:30 p.m. Agenda and virtual meeting connection details are available at https://www.cityofwayne.org/virtualmeeting.

April 6, 2020

By executive order of Gov. Pete Ricketts, the expiration date for all Drivers Licenses, CDLs, State IDs, and Vehicle Titles & Registrations due to expire on March 1, 2020 has been extended to 30 days after the executive order is lifted. Click here for more information.

April 4, 2020

Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued a Directed Health Measure (DHM) for Wayne and most of the rest of the State of Nebraska, in effect through at least May 11, 2020. 

The provisions of this DHM include:

- Imposes an enforceable 10-person limit on public gatherings

- Prohibits medical and dental elective surgeries and procedures 

- Requires schools to operate without students through May 31, 2020

- Cancels all school-related extracurricular activities through May 31, 2020

- Requires restaurants and bars to close their dining areas and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only

- Requires individuals to home quarantine for at least 14 days if:

  • They have tested positive for COVID-19
  • They have a fever of 100.4 degrees or above
  • They have experienced a sudden onset of a cough and/or shortness of breath
  • They reside or have resided with individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have the above symptoms.
  • Some individuals in home quarantine may not experience the onset of symptoms until the latter-half of their 14-day quarantine period. In this case, the length of their quarantine may exceed 14 days. Individuals should remain in quarantine until 7 days have passed since onset of symptoms, symptoms have improved, and they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

- The DHM’s limitation on public gatherings does not apply to:

  • Retail or grocery stores where people should maintain six feet of distance from one another
  • Daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare, which you can access by clicking here.
  • Other locations detailed in the DHM

April 3, 2020

March 23, 2020

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LINKS

City of Wayne Virtual Meeting Information

Realtime Map of Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases in Nebraska (DHHS)

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services - COVID-19 Updates

Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CoronaVirus.gov

TIPS

Check out the flyers below for definitions, best practices and tips on helping to stop the spread of COVID-19

Isolation | Aislamiento

Quarantine | Cuarentena

Social Distancing | Distanciamiento Social

Everyday Wipe Down Check List | Lista de revision para la limpieza diaria