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April 27, 2020
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Pat Lopez, Interim Health Director, 402-441-8093

Mayor Outlines Factors That Will Guide Easing of Restrictions

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today outlined key factors that are guiding local decision-making regarding relaxation of the current COVID-19 Directed Health Measures (DHM) that are in effect through Wednesday May 6. Local public health officials are working with the State, business associations, and other key stakeholders to determine how and when to safely make changes.

"All of the non-pharmaceutical interventions that our community has undertaken obviously have worked well in Lincoln. They have bought us a lot of time to prepare and prevented our hospitals from being overwhelmed, "said Mayor Gaylor Baird. "All of us feel the heavy toll the pandemic is taking, and all of us are eager to get through to the other side of this pandemic and to fashion our recovery from it." The mayor stated that even as Lincoln moves forward with relaxations of the measures, the public must continue to think about how they can create barriers between the virus and its next potential victim.

"Think of the process not as an on-and-off switch but instead like a dimmer switch," she said. "We won't be flipping on a switch but rather will be easing off the measures and practices in order to prevent flare-ups that derail our progress on the road to recovery."

Gaylor Baird said the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is considering five primary factors in its decisions on easing restrictions:

Mayor Gaylor Baird said that until a vaccine is available, some degree of physical distancing measures will be needed to reduce the risk of future outbreaks. She said individuals at high risk for developing severe cases of COVID-19 most likely will need to continue to stay home, and face coverings will continue to be needed to prevent the spread of the virus.

More information on COVID-19 and the City's response is available at The website includes information on how those with symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested in Lincoln.

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