Lincoln, NE (April 20, 2021) The Covid 19 Risk Dial has been moved down, placed at the low end of the Yellow Zone. Yellow indicates a moderate risk of spread of the virus through the Community. Below Yellow is the Green category, where the risk will be considered low.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said the lowering of the dial represents one of three milestones reached today. She also pointed to the eligibility of all residents 16 years of age and older to sign up for a vaccination. In addition, she said, the community passed 100,000 people fully vaccinated. As of today’s briefing, the total was 107,000.
The Mayor urged everyone to register and obtain a vaccination as soon as possible. Health Director Pat Lopez said the goal is to get at least 75% of the population fully vaccinated. Currently, the community is at 45%.
Health Director Pat Lopez said the Directed Health Measures that have been guiding public gatherings and mask wearing are being modified as of this coming Friday. The 75% crowd size limits, and six foot separation between parties, are being changed to “guidance” rather than “requirements’. Also, she said, the requirement that masks be worn in buildings not open to the public is being lifted, so long as all parties in a building or office have been vaccinated. She explained that the change is intended to allow people in the same business or organization to hold meetings or gatherings in the same room without masks if all other precautions have been taken.