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No 'Hokey Pokey,' but wedding receptions can resume June 1 in Nebraska
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No 'Hokey Pokey,' but wedding receptions can resume June 1 in Nebraska

Kyle and Jess McMindes experience a social distancing wedding on Saturday, April 25, 2020. About 75 cars full of family and friends surprised the couple on their wedding day with a parade since they couldn't all be in the church because of the the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Engaged couples and grieving families will see loosened restrictions starting June 1 for weddings and funerals in most parts of Nebraska.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the new rules, which will be in place in 89 of the state’s 93 counties, on Thursday. Excluded from the eased restrictions are Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota Counties, which have seen disproportionately high numbers of coronavirus cases.

For the rest of the state, including the Omaha and Lincoln areas, the rules will be:

Attendance: 25 people can attend, or up to 50% of the capacity of a room, whichever is greater. Venue staff are excluded from those numbers.

Seating: Groups inside those venues are limited to six people, with 6 feet between groups.

Food: Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Venue staff must serve food directly to guests.

No dancing: Dances or other activities that require guests to gather outside of their respective tables are prohibited.

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Paul covers state government and affiliated issues. He specializes in tax and transportation issues, following the governor and the state prison system. Follow him on Twitter @PaulHammelOWH. Phone: 402-473-9584.

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