As COVID-19 spreads across the state, social distancing and limits on large events will help flatten the curve of infections so we don’t overwhelm our health care systems. Discover Northwest Nebraska and the Nebraska State Tourism office is urging travelers to follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers of Disease Control. The guidelines and actions communities are taking are fluid and will continue to be as officials respond to changing conditions. Updated information can be found at the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
 
NOTE: As of March 30, 2020, all Panhandle counties, including Dawes and Sioux are under Gov. Ricketts’ Directed Health Measure. The Directed Health Measure, in effect until at least May 11 for the Panhandle, imposes an enforceable limit on most public gatherings and requires bars and restaurants to close their dining areas and move to take-out, curbside pick-up, drive-through and/or delivery. Schools will remain closed under the DHM, with alternative learning in place. Salons and fitness centers can remain open but cannot have more than 10 clients in the place of business at a time, and clients must have six feet between them. Daycares can only have 10 children per class room, and weddings, funerals and other public events, including meetings, theaters, conferences, concerts, etc., must follow the 10 people or less guidance. Convenience stores and hotel breakfast bars must close their seating areas, bowling alleys cannot allow the consumption of food or alcohol and must limit the facility to 10 customers at a time. Elective surgeries and procedures are prohibited, and individuals who have tested positive or who have a fever of 100.4 or above, or the sudden onset of a cough and shortness of breath, or who live with a person who has tested positive must home-quarantine for 14 days.  
 
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events in Northwest Nebraska have been cancelled or postponed. We will keep this page updated to the best of our ability as news of cancellations is made available. 
 

 

  • The Dawes County 4-H Kick-off Coin Carnival scheduled for March 23 has been cancelled.
  • All Panhandle high schools have cancelled in-person classes and all activities through the end of the school year and are transitioning to remote learning. Traditional graduation ceremonies in May will not be possible, but each community will be working with parents and students to determine ways to honor the Class of 2020, either with ceremonies later in the year or through alternative arrangements. 
  • The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has cancelled the remainder of its colleges’ spring sports seasons. On March 17, Chadron State College announced the move to remote learning for the rest of the spring semester and closed its campus buildings to the general public. All events through April 14 have been cancelled. That includes the following: CSC Composer Recital March 18, National History Day District Contest March 20 (moved to virtual event), Butterflies Presentation at Sandoz Center March 24 and the Hafey Recital April 3. 
  • The Post Playhouse annual fundraiser scheduled for March 21 has been cancelled. A raffle winner will still be drawn and notified.
  • Ta-Da Art Studio in Chadron has cancelled all classes through April 4, including Sip & Paint, Wreath Making and the Terrarium class.
  • The annual Wildland Fire Academy at Fort Robinson in April has been cancelled.
  • The Chadron Public Library will remain closed and all activities are cancelled until further notice. Patrons can still access Overdrive online. The April Friends of the Library Book Sale is also cancelled.
  • The Dine With Us International luncheons March 25 and April 28 have been cancelled.
  • The Chadron Hoop Shoot scheduled for March 27-29 has been cancelled.
  • The Nebraska Game and Parks has cancelled all group events and programs through May 31 or until further notice. The agency has also closed its state parks lodging facilities and cabin rentals from April 1 to May 8. Overnight tent and RV camping is also prohibited April 6 to May 8 at all state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas. Public shower buildings will also be closed, but park restrooms will remain open and regularly sanitized. The state park and recreation areas remain open for day use, hiking, camping, fishing and other recreation while maintaining social distancing, though playgrounds and play structures will be closed. Guests impacted by the closure should contact 402-471-1414, online at Nebraskastateparks.reserveamerica.com or the parks directly for refund information. For more information visit outdoornebraska.gov/healthinfo/
  • The March 17, March 24 and April 7 Graves Lecture Series at CSC have been cancelled.  
  • Jovan Mays’ TEDx Mile High Talk planned for March 21 at the Bean Broker has been postponed.
  • Open Mic Nights at the Bean Broker have been cancelled until further notice. 
  • The Voluntary Integrated Management Plan Meeting scheduled for March 18 by the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District has been cancelled.
  • The Water Education Meeting scheduled for March 23 by the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District has been cancelled. 
  • The Pine Ridge Job Corps’ April 7 Community Dinner has been cancelled. 
  • Little Hawk Yarns has cancelled its Monday Learn to Knit classes until further notice. 
  • The Chadron Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt for April 11 has been cancelled. 
  • The Chadron Festival of Quilts scheduled for April 24-25 has been cancelled. The theme and raffle quilt will be carried over to the 2021 show. 
  • The Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park has announced it will cancel its entire 2020 season. Individuals who have already purchased tickets have the following options: Make a tax-deductible donation of the value of your ticket back to Post Playhouse; Transfer your ticket or season subscription to a gift certificate for the 2021 season; Request a refund. Donors, sponsors and advertisers will also be asked to transfer their contributions to the 2021 season. 
  • The Chadron State College Scholastic Contest scheduled for April 17 has been cancelled.
  • The Consuming Fire Sadie Hawkins Dance scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled. 
  • On March 31, 2020, Gov. Ricketts signed an executive order reducing the number of non-resident rifle turkey hunting permits from unlimited to zero. Permits issued prior to the date of the executive order are not impacted, but further sales will cease. 

 

As COVID-19 spreads across the state, social distancing and limits on large events will help flatten the curve of infections so we don’t overwhelm our health care systems. Discover Northwest Nebraska and the Nebraska State Tourism office is urging travelers to follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers of Disease Control. The guidelines and actions communities are taking are fluid and will continue to be as officials respond to changing conditions. Updated information can be found at the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
 
NOTE: As of March 30, 2020, all Panhandle counties, including Dawes and Sioux are under Gov. Ricketts’ Directed Health Measure. The Directed Health Measure, in effect until at least May 11 for the Panhandle, imposes an enforceable limit on most public gatherings and requires bars and restaurants to close their dining areas and move to take-out, curbside pick-up, drive-through and/or delivery. Schools will remain closed under the DHM, with alternative learning in place. Salons and fitness centers can remain open but cannot have more than 10 clients in the place of business at a time, and clients must have six feet between them. Daycares can only have 10 children per class room, and weddings, funerals and other public events, including meetings, theaters, conferences, concerts, etc., must follow the 10 people or less guidance. Convenience stores and hotel breakfast bars must close their seating areas, bowling alleys cannot allow the consumption of food or alcohol and must limit the facility to 10 customers at a time. Elective surgeries and procedures are prohibited, and individuals who have tested positive or who have a fever of 100.4 or above, or the sudden onset of a cough and shortness of breath, or who live with a person who has tested positive must home-quarantine for 14 days. 
 
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events in Northwest Nebraska have been cancelled or postponed. A current list of postponements can be found below.
 
  • The Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow talent show planned for March 22 has been postponed.*
  • The Chadron Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting originally scheduled for March 19 has been postponed.*
  • The Fusion Concert featuring Karl Minor at Chadron State College March 21 has been postponed.*
  • Chadron Clue Live, scheduled for April 25, has been postponed until fall.*
  • Consuming Fire Dance Studio’s Gymanstics Recital planned for March 28 has been postponed.*
  • Consuming Fire Dance Studio’s Dance Around The World Recital scheduled for April 4 has been postponed.*
  • Jason Elmore’s March 31 performance at the Bean Broker has been postponed.*
  • The Circle of Light “Show The Light in Your Heart” fundraiser originally scheduled for April 3 has been postponed until May 29.
  • Chadron Community Recreation events are postponed until further notice.*
  • Chadron Tapped and Uncorked has been postponed until further notice.*
  • The District 1 American Legion Convention scheduled for April 3-4 has been postponed until further notice.*
  • The KCSR/KBPY Home, Sports & Travel Expo scheduled for April 17-18 has been postponed.*
  • Chadron State College has also cancelled its May graduation ceremony and plans to set a date for later in the summer.*
  • Due to COVID-19 concerns and guidelines, Chadron State College’s 2020 The Big Event is moving to a virtual format. Instead of fulfilling jobsite tasks within the community, CSC students, faculty, and staff are asked to complete a random act of kindness on Saturday, April 18. Volunteers are encouraged to share their act of kindness on social media, using #BigEventCSC2020 and tagging The Big Event’s pages.
 
*New dates for these events have not yet been set.
As COVID-19 spreads across the state, social distancing and limits on large events will help flatten the curve of infections so we don’t overwhelm our health care systems. Discover Northwest Nebraska and the Nebraska State Tourism office is urging travelers to follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers of Disease Control. The guidelines and actions communities are taking are fluid and will continue to be as officials respond to changing conditions. Updated information can be found at the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
 
NOTE: As of March 30, 2020, all Panhandle counties, including Dawes and Sioux are under Gov. Ricketts’ Directed Health Measure. The Directed Health Measure, in effect until at least May 11 for the Panhandle, imposes an enforceable limit on most public gatherings and requires bars and restaurants to close their dining areas and move to take-out, curbside pick-up, drive-through and/or delivery. Schools will remain closed under the DHM, with alternative learning in place. Salons and fitness centers can remain open but cannot have more than 10 clients in the place of business at a time, and clients must have six feet between them. Daycares can only have 10 children per class room, and weddings, funerals and other public events, including meetings, theaters, conferences, concerts, etc., must follow the 10 people or less guidance. Convenience stores and hotel breakfast bars must close their seating areas, bowling alleys cannot allow the consumption of food or alcohol and must limit the facility to 10 customers at a time. Elective surgeries and procedures are prohibited, and individuals who have tested positive or who have a fever of 100.4 or above, or the sudden onset of a cough and shortness of breath, or who live with a person who has tested positive must home-quarantine for 14 days. 
 
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many businesses in Northwest Nebraska have closed, altered hours or business delivery systems or have moved to an appointment only basis. This page will be updated with that information as we become aware of it.
 

Dining

  • The Daily Grind, Chadron – Closed permanently
  • Bean Broker Pub & Coffee House, Chadron – Taking call-in orders & providing curb-side pickup
  • EJ’s BBQ & Take-out, Chadron – Open for take-out and curbside delivery only, featuring a limited menu with daily specials and limited hours. 
  • Chadron Senior Center will not offer in house dining, but will continue to offer home delivery and curbside pickup meals until further notice. For more information, call 308-432-2734.
  • Harrison Senior Center will not offer in house dining, but will provide home deliveries until further notice. For meals call 308-668-2261.
  • Closer to Home in Chadron will have no dine-in meals but will offer meals to go. 
  • The Chadron American Legion will not serve its Thursday night dinners until further notice. 
  • Perk Up Java in Crawford is closed until the week of March 28. 
  • Dominos in Chadron is open for carryout, drive-through and delivery only. 
  • Far West in Chadron is offering free delivery or curbside pick-up and carry-out. Call-in orders at 308-207-0317. Daily specials still available, and orders over $40 will receive a free order of crab rangoon or chips & salsa. Menu available at farwestcuisine.com.
  • Helen’s & The Grove is open for takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery only. Order at helensandthegrove.com or call 308-432-9958. Helen’s is also offering Helen’s Pantry: For $30 customers will be provided with a basket of goodies each day, ranging from fruits and vegetables to pasta and juice. The contents of the basket will change each day (no substitutions). For more information on the day’s offerings, visit here
  • Pizza Hut is open for delivery or take out only. 
  • Just Love Coffee is closing at 8 p.m. each day. Online ordering for pick-up or delivery is available here
  • Country Kitchen will change its hours of operation to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the restaurant will close early if there are no customers. The restaurant has carry-out, curbside pick-up and delivery available. Menu is available here.
  • Crawford Livestock Market Salebarn Cafe will be closed until further notice per the Directed Health Measure. 
  • The Ridge in Chadron is now taking online orders for curbside pickup or carry out.  www.TheRidgeofChadron.com
  • Subway in Chadron is now offering curbside pick-up and delivery options. Use the Subway App or go online to start your order and type either “Delivery” or Curbside Pick-up” in the special instructions box. 
  • McDonald’s in Chadron is open for drive-through or curbside pick-up. 
  • China House in Chadron is closed until further notice.
  • The Village Barn in Harrison is open and offering take-out services and delivery inside the Village of Harrison city limits. Orders over $30 will receive a free order of crab rangoon or chips & salsa. Call 308-665-5182 to order; menu available at farwestcuisine.com. (No sushi or fajitas available at the Harrison site.)
  • Wild’s Bar & Grill in Chadron is open for carry-out, curbside pick-up or delivery. Call 308-430-2407 to order. 

Retail

  • Morford’s Decorating, Chadron – Closing 30 minutes early every day for additional cleaning
  • Home Haven Furniture, Chadron – Closing 30 minutes early every day for additional cleaning
  • Walmart in Chadron has changed its hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily to allow for additional cleaning; The store has also set aside 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. each Tuesday for customers over the age of 60. 
  • Eagle Theatre in Chadron is closed until further notice. 
  • Dollar General will be open for the elderly and other high risk individuals each day from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The store will also close at 7 p.m. for additional stocking and cleaning. 
  • Safeway has changed its hours to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for customers who are over 65, pregnant, have a disability or a compromised immune system. 
  • City s’Liquors is open for liquor purchases, but tap room is closed until further notice. 
  • The New Leaf is closed to the public but providing delivery for call-in and online orders. Tanning is suspended. 
  • Bloom is open and offering delivery with additional rules that will be explained upon ordering. 
  • Panhandle Market will be closed through the end of March.
  • TaDa Quilt Shop and Art Studio is offering classes online at tadaquiltshop.com. 
  • Maurices in Chadron is temporarily closed. 

Service

  • Chadron Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau – Closed to the public until further notice
  • Chadron City Hall – Restricted to employees; Customers must make appointments to visit
  • Catholic Ladies Rummage Room, Chadron – Closed until further notice.
  • Northwest Community Action Partnership’s Chadron Office is operational, but closed to the public at this time. NCAP will continue to serve the community with all of their available resources. Instructions to access services as well as program closures and changes can be found  at www.ncap.info or by calling 308-432-3393 for an automated message.
  • Sioux County Courthouse, Harrison – Restricted to essential employees; Customers must make appointments to visit
  • The U.S. Forest Service office in Chadron has decided to lock its doors for public and employee safety. They are asking those that do business with them, have questions, need maps or other information to contact our office at 308-432-0300 prior to stopping by. Below are some questions they are asking people to answer to help meet their needs.Have you, someone living in your household, someone with you, someone you have been in close or frequent contact with, or someone you are caring for been diagnosed with COVID-19(Coronavirus) or had any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?In the last 14 days, have you, someone living in your household, or someone with you have been in close or frequent contact with, or someone you are caring for returned from, or made a travel connection through a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 country or State Department Level 3 or Level 4 country, for example, China, Korea, Japan, the European Union, Iran?Do you currently have, or have you had within the last 24 hours, any cold or flu symptoms, including a fever greater than 100.4, shortness of breath, body aches and coughing?If the answer to all of these questions is ‘no’ please call the following number for assistance in obtaining entrance to the office. This may include setting up an appointment to enhance social distancing and minimize the number of visitors in the office at one time.308-432-0300 (Available 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)If any of the answers to the questions is ‘yes,’ call the number above to arrange assistance through other means besides face-to-face.
  • The Chadron Record is closed and employees are working from home. Contact 308-760-7947 for assistance. 
  • The Dawes County Commissioners have closed all county buildings to the public starting March 24 at 1 p.m. until further notice. 
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument has closed its visitors center, but park grounds and trails remain open daily from sunrise to sunset. 
  • First National Bank of Chadron has closed its lobby to customers except to those who have made appointments; the drive-through and ATM are still available for use. 
  • The Crawford Public Library is closed until further notice.
  • The Chadron Area Aquatic and Wellness Center will be closed through April 6, when conditions will be re-evaluated. 
  • Chadron Federal Credit Union lobby is closed to the public except by appointment only. Drive Up services will be available during normal business hours. Download our mobile app (Search “Chadron Federal” in your app store) enroll for Remote/Mobile Deposit and send your checks using your phone.
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Chadron has closed until further notice. 
  • Manna Systems lobby is closed to the public except by appointment. Manna Systems will continue to offer remote support and is committed to helping area businesses work from home.
  • The Chadron Police Department lobby remains open but Chief Tim Lordino is asking the public to conduct as much business with them as possible by phone. The CPD is limiting non-priority contacts but will still respond to a home or business if necessary. Occupants of homes or businesses may be asked to come outside, weather permitting, before personnel will enter a building or an area where they cannot maintain the six-foot distance.  
  • Northwest Eye Care Center is encouraging elderly patients or anyone who has traveled outside the Panhandle with non-emergencies to reschedule their appointments for a later date.
  • Pathways to Wellness is offering virtual online classes; visit their Facebook page for details. 
  • Fountain of Living Water is offering virtual online classes; store front remains open. 
  • Farmers State Bank lobby is closed but the drive-through is open. 
  • First National Bank of Omaha lobby is closed but the drive-through is open. 
  • Security First Bank lobbies are closed, but drive-throughs remain open. 
  • Gregory’s Insurance in Chadron is open by appointment only. Call 308-432-3443 to make an appointment. 
  • Webb Orthodontics in Chadron is closed, and dental care has been limited to emergency services only. Contact info@webbortho.com if you have an emergency. 
  • The Nebraska Game and Parks has cancelled all group events and programs through May 31 or until further notice. The agency has also closed its state parks lodging facilities and cabin rentals from April 1 to May 8. Overnight tent and RV camping is also prohibited April 6 to May 8 at all state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas. Public shower buildings will also be closed, but park restrooms will remain open and regularly sanitized. The state park and recreation areas remain open for day use, hiking, camping, fishing and other recreation while maintaining social distancing, though playgrounds and play structures will be closed. Guests impacted by the closure should contact 402-471-1414, online at Nebraskastateparks.reserveamerica.com or the parks directly for refund information. For more information visit outdoornebraska.gov/healthinfo

Here in Northwest Nebraska we’re fortunate that we can still enjoy our beautiful outdoors and follow public health guidelines without too many problems, but here are a few tips to help us all stay physically fit and mentally healthy during the pandemic. 

Tread Lightly! appreciates the efforts of the recreation community to help “flatten the curve” and keep communities safe and healthy and has adapted its principles for social distancing outdoors to help slow the spread of the disease and maintain physical and emotional health.

T – Travel responsibly. Stay close to home and utilize less popular trails. If parking lots and trail heads are crowded, look for alternatives.
R – Respect the rights of others – Maintain a safe distance from other recreationists. If you are feeling sick, stay home.
E – Educate yourself – Make sure your facilities are open before you head out and check for any travel restrictions. Follow local, state and Federal guidelines regarding restrictions on group sizes.
A – Avoid sensitive areas – Keep members of local communities safe and healthy by avoiding places that are heavily affected by the virus or could be easily overwhelmed by medical emergencies.
D – Do your part – Make sure to pack out what you pack in to keep places healthy and accessible for other users.