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Face Covering Requirement for Lincoln and Lancaster County

Information and frequently asked questions

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Avoid the Three Cs

  1. Crowded Places
  2. Close Contact
  3. Confined Spaces

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High Risk of COVID-19 Spread

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This COVID-19 Risk Dial provides a summary of current conditions in the Lincoln-Lancaster County community. Each color incorporates federal and national guidance published by public health experts and is coupled with specific guidance.

Five key measures are used to determine the position of the Risk Dial: Case Numbers; Testing Capacity; Positivity Rate; Contact Tracing; and Hospital Capacity.

This is only guidance and does not replace federal, state, or local directed health measures. At-risk and vulnerable populations should take stringent precautions.

Community Guidance and Recommendations
Outside the Home
Physical Distancing Outside the Home
  • Limit activities outside the home, unless for work, school, medical care, or food
  • Distance at least 6 feet from anyone outside the home
  • Work from home if possible
  • Individual outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are preferred
  • Smallest number of contacts feasible
  • Small gatherings and events only with modifications (i.e. physical distancing, face masks, etc.)
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Follow CDC Travel Guidelines
Face Masks Outside the Home
  • Face masks for anyone over 2 years old, when indoors or when physical distancing of greater than 6 feet is not possible.
Hand Washing Outside the Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
  • Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is inaccessible or infeasible
Illness Monitoring Outside the Home
  • If ill with Flu-like or COVID-like symptoms, stay at home
  • Minimize contact with symptomatic people
  • Daily temperature checks at work
Disinfecting Outside the Home
  • Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
  • Use barriers such as a paper towel or clothing when bare hand contact is unavoidable
  • Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)
At Home
Physical Distancing at Home
  • No distancing for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who is infected
  • Quarantine and testing of symptomatic persons
  • Outdoor activities with members of your household are acceptable
  • Small gatherings with modifications (i.e. physical distancing, face masks, etc.), preferably outdoors
Face Masks at Home
  • No face masks for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who is infected
  • Face masks for symptomatic people
Hand Washing at Home
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
Illness Monitoring at Home
  • Daily temperature check
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Contact healthcare provider if sick
  • Monitor the health of anyone in your home with COVID-like symptoms
Disinfecting at Home
  • Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)
At-Risk and
Vulnerable Populations

For adults over age 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, and other populations at heightened risk from COVID-19:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Rely on help for needs outside the home (groceries, medications, etc.)
  • Distance from those working outside of the home
  • Wear a face mask around others
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  • Limit your gathering to one or two households.
  • Host the event outdoors, if possible.
  • Guests should bring their own food, drinks and place settings.
  • Masks should be available in case guests soil or forget theirs.
  • Make hand sanitizer and wipes available.
  • Arrange furniture and food before the event begins to promote distancing.
  • Keep the gathering time as brief as possible.
Celebrating Halloween Safely

Basic COVID-19 health measures must be followed during the holiday:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth UNDER your costume mask.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Maintain at least six foot distancing from others.

If you are sick, stay home and don’t prepare or distribute treats. Older adults, especially those with underlying health conditions or who are at a higher risk for COVID-19, should consider not participating in activities. Additional Health Department recommendations include:

Trick-or-Treating
  • Keep groups of trick-or-treaters to eight or less.
  • Use hand sanitizer while out and wash hands when you return home.
  • Don’t eat candy while trick-or-treating.
Handing out Treats
  • Wash hands before touching treats.
  • If possible, put treats in prepackaged bags.
  • Don’t allow children to reach into the treat bowl.
  • Be creative with physical distancing. Stay on the porch and line-up treat bags or use plastic or cardboard pipe to make a six-foot-long chute.
  • Use tape or chalk to mark six-foot lines on sidewalks in front of homes and leading to doorsteps.
Trunk-or-Treat Events
  • Consider a drive through-style event.
  • Consider a timed ticketed event that promotes correct distancing.
  • Don’t eat candy during the event.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands when you return home.
Neighborhood Halloween Celebrations and Parties
  • Toss candy from six feet away to children who remain on the sidewalks.
  • Set up curbside/drive through treat pickup sites.
  • Try a reverse trick-or-treat that lets children stand in front of their houses as treat bags are distributed to them.
  • Host a costume parade with a predetermined route marked to maintain safe distances between participants. Incorporate sanitizing stations, yellow caution tape, and tape or chalk on the sidewalks.
  • Keep gatherings outdoors and limit participation to eight guests or less.
Pumpkin Patch
  • Sanitize hands before and after touching pumpkins.
  • Avoid hayrides with people outside of your household.
  • Avoid indoor haunted houses and Halloween characters that scream or yell.
  • Maintain at least six foot distancing.
Haunted Houses
  • Due to distancing and ventilation issues, indoor haunted houses are to be avoided.
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