Guidelines for Youth Events

Updated August 23, 2022

A youth event is any event with attendees 18 years old and younger. This applies to all events sponsored by UNL (even those outside of Lancaster County) and externally sponsored events hosted in a UNL venue. Events with youth attendees must follow the Youth Activity Safety Policy, which now includes the COVID-19 health and safety measures listed below.

Events of 500+ (Lancaster County Events Only)

If the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Risk Dial is in any position other than green, all events involving the potential for more than 500 people must be pre-approved by campus administration and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Those requests, including risk mitigation plans (download Excel document), should be emailed to covid19@unl.edu. Documentation of approval, including the risk mitigation plans, must be provided during the Youth Activity Safety Policy registration process and must be provided to all UNL venues being used for the event. If the risk dial transitions from green to another color in the weeks leading up to the event, the event sponsor should still submit their risk mitigation plan to covid19@unl.edu.

Pre-Event Guidelines

The event sponsor should communicate to and encourage all attendees to follow the pre-event guidelines below.

  1. Stay home if they are sick.
    1. Stay home if they have one or more of the following symptoms: Fever over 100.4, onset of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new onset of dry cough, new onset of loss of taste or smell, OR
    2. Stay home if they have two or more of the following lasting for 24 hours without a known cause: Chills longer than two hours, congestion and/or running nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, muscle pain.
  2. Encourage them to test via PCR or rapid antigen test (including home test) 24-48 hours before the event; unless they have tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days, then they should not test. Test results should not be provided to UNL or retained by UNL employees.
    1. If they test positive, in-person participation would only be appropriate after 10 full days of isolation.
  3. If they have been identified as a close contact or have had a known exposure to COVID-19 within 10 days prior to the event, it’s best that they do not participate in-person. In-person participation would only be appropriate if all of the following requirements can be met:
    1. Diligently wear a face covering when around anyone for 10 full days.
      1. During this period, do not remove your face covering in the presence of others. This includes gyms. Do not eat meals in the presence of others.
    2. Get a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure if you develop symptoms during the 10 days.
      1. If you've tested positive in the last 90 days, do not test. Consult a medical professional if you develop symptoms.
      2. If your test is negative, continue to wear a face covering when around anyone for the full 10 days.
      3. If your test is positive, immediately begin to isolate.

Event Guidelines

The following guidelines should be followed for all in-person events.

  1. Develop a plan for communicating all expectations to youth, their families, and activity workers prior to the youth activity.
  2. Conduct a meeting at the start of the activity to review all health and safety measures with youth and activity workers. Create a time each subsequent day to review as needed.
  3. Communicate and enforce the latest UNL Face Covering Policy.
  4. Maintain accurate records of all attendees and small groups for each day of the activity. Attendees can be in different small groups, but the less mixing between small groups the better.
  5. The individual should not participate if they develop:
    1. One or more of the following symptoms: Fever over 100.4, onset of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new onset of dry cough, new onset of loss of taste or smell, OR
    2. Two or more of the following lasting for 24 hours without a known cause: Chills longer than two hours, congestion and/or running nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, muscle pain.
  6. Develop a plan to immediately separate and send home anyone who has:
    1. COVID-related symptoms (see above).
    2. A positive COVID-19 test result.
  7. Frequent hand washing/sanitizing by all youth and activity workers is expected.
  8. UNL units and venues may have specific health and safety measures that must be followed. For example: University Housing, Dining Services, Lied Center, Carson Theatre, Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska Unions, Campus Recreation, Fleet Management, etc. The activity director/sponsor must inquire about these measures and comply.
  9. Events taking place outside of Lancaster County should follow these guidelines or that of the local county, whichever is stricter.

Additional Resources

These guidelines may change as COVID-19 conditions evolve and in keeping with corresponding federal, state, and local measures. Any university event/reservation can be cancelled without notice at any time, even if previously approved, at the university’s discretion in the interest of health and safety.