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Outback Steakhouse, 633 N. 48th St.
Closed signs appeared June 5, 2020, on the doors of Outback Steakhouse after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Lincoln’s Outback Steakhouse on North 48th Street closed temporarily Thursday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
“We take this very seriously and have been in close contact with health experts and are following all recommended safety measures — including a deep sanitization of the restaurant by a professional cleaning company,” said Elizabeth Watts, director of media relations for the Florida-based Bloomin’ Brands.
The restaurant plans to reopen as early as Monday and will screen employees for symptoms daily before they start their shifts, she said. Also, any employee who had prolonged, close contact with the COVID-positive worker will not return to work for 14 days.
When the restaurant reopens, it will offer takeout at first, followed by dine-in a few days later, Watts said.
The closure was voluntary. Earlier Friday, Tim Timmons, communicable disease program supervisor for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, said he had no knowledge of an Outback-related case, and the department would not order a restaurant to close because an employee tested positive for the virus.
Photos: Lincoln during the pandemic
Masked Archie the Mammoth
Archie the mammoth at the University of Nebraska State Museum is masked up on Thursday, July 9, 2020.
First Jury Trial in Four Months
Wearing a face shield, Lancaster County Attorney Erica Pruess (right) prepares for a case at the Lancaster County Hall of Justice on Thursday, July 9, 2020, during the first jury trial in four months.
Lincoln Children's Museum Reopening
Social distancing signs fill the Lincoln Children's Museum as it prepares to reopen Thursday, July 7.
Community Learning Center
Meah Squires (left), 8, and Arianna Roberts, 7, wear masks as they color on a sign at the Cedars Community Learning Center on Friday. Masks have been required during the summer program in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Lincoln Community Playhouse
Amy Koepke as Prudence Purewater (left) and Marie Barrett as Hazel Hoochater perform Wednesday, July 1, during a rehearsal for the upcoming Parking Lot Plays at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.
The Kindler Hotel
Fabiola Delacruz cleans a seating area in the lobby of The Kindler Hotel on Tuesday before it reopens Wednesday, July 1.
City Councilwoman Sändra Washington addresses Black Lives Matter advocates in the hallway during a break of the June 29 council meeting at the County-City Building.
Garth Brooks Drive-In Concert
Stephanie Carpenter and Justin Doyle dance the two-step as Silas Creek performs at the Garth Brooks drive-in concert Saturday, June 27, at the Lancaster Event Center.
Stand in For Lincoln
Lincoln Police Officer J.J. Lensing talks with Anthony Williams following a panel discussion on policing issues Saturday, June 27, at Cooper Park.
Judge Thomas E. Zimmerman (left) presides over night court as he addresses a defendant and his attorney on Thursday, June 25, at the County-City Building.
Heather Hallen-Adams draws a gecko on the sidewalk on Tuesday, June 23.
Push for Peace
Protesters skate their way down the Rock Island Trail passing through Union square on their way to Antelope Park during the Push for Peace protest on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Chief Judge John M. Gerrard of the U.S. District Court conducts a naturalization ceremony on Monday at the Chief Standing Bear statue on Centennial Mall.
Urban Air Adventure Park
Allison Franks cleans equipment while wearing a mandatory face shield at the Urban Air Adventure Center on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Hundreds gathered for the Juneteenth celebration at the Lincoln Indian Center on Friday, June 19.
Art Alley at Lux Center for the Arts
Mackenzie Savaiano (left) and her daughters Remy (right) and Clara (not pictured) add to the Lux Community Art Alley, an alleyway north of the center, on Friday, June 19.
Gere Branch Library
Hillary Umland, a library service associate, grabs a book bundle for pickup at Gere Branch Library on Tuesday, June 16.
Kolby Bogatz prepares pizzas at Yia Yia's in east Lincoln on Monday, June 15.
Music on the Move
Mascha Miedaner (left) takes in the performance of guitarist and singer Orion Walsh (center), who played a variety of songs from Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to Oasis via "Music on the Move," a bicycle-powered stage driven by Dan Warren (right), which visited the East Campus neighborhood Saturday, June 13.
Lifeguard Tyler Akins disinfects a chair at Fallbrook YMCA swimming pool on Thursday, June 11.
Members of Legislature's Judiciary Committee wrapped up two days of listening sessions on Tuesday, June 9, in Lincoln.
There was room in the grandstands as racing returned to Eagle Raceway on Saturday, June 6, 2020. The usually full grandstands had fewer people due to guidelines limiting crowd size to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Bars Opening in Lincoln
Dan Hartong of Lincoln cools off June 1 with a beer at W.C.'s South Sports Bar, as bars in 89 of 93 Nebraska counties were allowed to open for the first time since March.
LPS Teachers Retirement
Longtime East High football and baseball coach and Scott Middle School teacher Bill Kechely waves to a well-wisher at his drive-by retirement party.
A lab technician works on processing a COVID-19 test May 27 by adding reactive agents to a sample at CHI St. Elizabeth.
Holmes Lake Manor Horse Visit
Having grown up with horses in Glenwood, Iowa, Edwin Johnson was happy to see Jewel, a 30-something Arabian mare who made a visit to his window with owner Sheila Carroll of Lincoln last month at Holmes Lake Rehabilitation & Care Center.
Kathy Chrastil fires a confetti popper during a graduation parade for her granddaughter Jenny Michener at Michener's home Sunday, May 24.
Memorial Day Weekend
Linda Turner and Jim Turner walk to the grave of Jim's father at Wyuka Cemetery, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Lancaster County Courthouse
A court security guard wipes the front door handle as someone enters the Lancaster County Courthouse on Friday, May 22.
To maintain social distancing, officials have closed every other campsite at Branched Oak State Recreation Area.
Church Social Distancing
To help parishioners maintain social distancing, the altar society at St. Patrick's Catholic Church made ornate fabric dividers to block off alternate pews.
Boys and Girls Club food distribution
Taylor Cumblidge, a volunteer with Boys and Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County, helps distribute free dinners Monday, May 18, outside of Friedens Lutheran Church.
Children of Smithfield
Mariah Wailes (from left), Claudia Perales and Luis Sandoval rally in support of Smithfield workers in Crete on Saturday, May 16. "Estamos con ustedes
" translates to "We stand by you."
Shoppers walk through the Haymarket Farmers Market on Saturday, May 16. It's the first day the market has been open this season.
Parkview Christian Teacher Appreciation Day
The Parkview Christian parent/student community celebrated educators Wednesday, May 13, by decorating cars and doing a brief parade through the school parking lot for Teacher Appreciation Day.
Signs on South 16th
Diane Walkowiak with the signs she keeps on the South 16th Street side of her home Wednesday. She believes she had COVID-19 despite testing negative for the virus.
Wearing a mask, Mallory Conner carries her ballot at Lincoln Southeast High School, which hosted one of nearly 200 city precincts in the primary election on Tuesday, May 12.
Eric Post, owner of The Normandy, serves customers Jane Williams (center) and Keith Larsen on the first day of dine-in service returning in Lancaster County on Monday, May 11.
Doris Carbon is all smiles on Mother's Day when her family visits her by her nursing home window, including son-in-law Steve Bartels (left) and Corey Carbon, of Los Angeles on Sunday, May 10, at Legacy Retirement Community.
Reopening Hair Salon
Paetra Stovall, owner of Sweet Jane A Salon, cleans the otherwise empty salon by herself Saturday, May 9, ahead of its reopening.
Lincoln Christian 2020 Seniors
Lincoln Christian senior Ally Korte (left), one of 52 graduates recognized by the school, talks with KC Orduna earlier this month. Each senior had their name painted on the school's football field along with a yard sign featuring the portrait.
Test Nebraska site
CHI Health workers place a COVID-19 swab in a test tube while administering tests by appointment at a drive-thru Test Nebraska site at Lancaster Event Center on May 8.
Amanda Russell of Firespring installs a mural May 7 at Bryan East that was designed by Jon Humiston of Umbrella Photo Booth. Another has been installed at Bryan West.
Drive-Thru Career Fair
Iyonna Clay hands out bags containing one-page documents from employers who are hiring, explaining what the company does, what jobs are available, and how people can apply during a drive-thru career fair Tuesday, May 5, at Gateway Mall.
Super Saver employee Jarod Williams stocks the shelves with fresh ground beef Tuesday, May 5, at the 48th and O streets location. B&R Stores, which owns Super Saver and Russ's Market, is not considering putting any limits on what people can buy for now, unlike other retailers, which are limiting meat purchases.
Center for People In Need food distribution
Boxes of bagged fruit and other food items await distribution by staff of the Center for People In Need and Army National Guard personnel Tuesday, May 4.
The intersection of 14th and Vine streets, near where the Lincoln Marathon would have started this year, sits empty on Sunday morning.
Ten-year-old Connor Krutak and his family participated in an art walk with a dozen other houses as they created their own tiny art and displayed it along sidewalks in the area of Stratford, Rathbone and Puritan avenues on Friday, May 1.
A steady stream of customers returned to Gateway Mall on Friday. Approximately 24 of the mall's stores and restaurants were open.
Residents and staff of The Windcrest on Van Dorn wave to decorated vehicles parading through the parking lot on Thursday, April 30. Family and friends of residents made a visit following social distancing guidelines to the assisted-living center, which has banned visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Cop Birthday Drive-by
"It's been one of my best birthdays ever," said Jerome Blowers, a former Lincoln police officer paralyzed in a pool accident who was working as an entrance monitor at Kooser Elementary and celebrated his 55th birthday with a drive-by celebration Wednesday, April 29.
Masks For Truckers
Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Les Zimmerman hands a package of surgical masks to a truck driver on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at the westbound I-80 weigh station. The masks were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHI St. Elizabeth president Derek Vance places a sign outside a hospital employee's home Wednesday, April 29. The hospital planned to place 1,500 signs at employees' homes.
Laz (left) and Daniel Hundley sit in a basement room where they filled the walls with puzzles that their family has completed. Their favorite is a Coca-Cola polar bear puzzle because it was the hardest to do.
Ruth Ann Ronne wears a mask while walking by a bed of tulips on Sunday at Sunken Gardens. Wake Up the Beds, where volunteers plant annuals in the city garden, will begin May 11 and run until May 22 with volunteers planting during two-hour windows.
O Street cruising
Motorcyclists gather in a parking lot next to the EZ Go gas station at 25th and O streets before cruising down O Street on Saturday, April 25.
Jordan Farahbod (left) hands food to a customer at Billy's Restaurant on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
Lucas Anderson disinfects a bike at the BikeLNK station at 21st and Q streets Saturday, April 25.
Bryan Mobile Testing
Bryan Health used its Bryan Mobile Testing unit for the first time at Crete Area Medical Center on April 24.
Teacher and Staff Parade
Students wave to teachers and staff from their cars on Thursday, April 23, 2020, during a teacher and staff parade at St. John the Apostle School.
Brian Liegl of Lincoln holds a sign expressing his gratitude to health care workers, Thursday, April 23, 2020, at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. Liegl said nieces are nurses, and he has been taking time during his furlough to hold thank you signs outside local hospitals.
Recovered COVID-19 patient Imogene Hostetler, 91, heads home from CHI St. Elizabeth accompanied by nurses Brittany McCoy and Patrick Kamphaus on Thursday, April 23.
Air and Army National Guard COVID-19 testing
Air and Army National Guard personnel wait to assess people with appointments for COVID-19 testing April 23 in Crete.
Private 2nd Class Gary Mack (left) and Senior Master Sgt. Donald Dissmeyer unload food at a food distribution site Wednesday, April 22, at Lincoln High School.
Hannah Elliott (from left), executive director of Woodlands at Hillcrest, joins volunteers from NRC Health, including Emily Wiebeck, Tess Kurtenbach and Emily Schweitzer, as they thank staff members showing up for work at the senior housing facility Wednesday, April 22.
Thanks to LJS
Someone put up a sign across the street from the Journal Star's 926 P St. building thanking us for our coverage.
Spring Game Emptiness
On a typical gameday, the foot bridge from the North Bottoms to Memorial Stadium would be filled with thousands of Nebraska fans. But Saturday, April 18, the scene was much quieter, with no Red-White Spring Game because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Grata Bar & Lounge
Nick Tarlowski of Grata Bar & Lounge prepares a blackened chicken Alfredo pasta for customers looking for a family-sized meal for takeout on Thursday, April 16.
Snow falls in front of a window sign at Vickeridge thanking those on the frontlines on Thursday, April 16, 2020, on Havelock.
Eagle with PPE
Following precautions during the coronavirus outbreak, a wood carving of a bald eagle sports a mask and gloves on Thursday, April 16.
Evan Divis (from left), Brandon Swahn and Jackson Markvicka parade around Wahoo High School's parking lot as the school joins others in Nebraska in turning on the football stadium lights for 20 minutes on Wednesday, April 15, to honor the 2020 senior class, whose school year took a strange turn because of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 State Employee Union
Deb Strudl, union chairwoman of the Nebraska Association of Public Employees, carries petitions from state workers to the governor Wednesday, April 15, asking him for more protections and a pay differential for those who must work in office buildings and engage in person with the public.
Erika Meissner (right) makes tacos for a take-out customer on Tuesday, April 14, at the 1867 Bar.
Herbie Husker Runzas
Herbie Husker adjusts his mask alongside Donna Hammack, chief development officer at the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, as they get ready to send a cart of donated Runzas to the medical staff at CHI St. Elizabeth on Tuesday, April 14.
Playgrounds are closed down on Monday, April 13, 2020, at Holmes Lake.
Virtual City Council
People watch the live coverage outside the City Council chambers Monday, April 13.
Drive-by Easter egg hunt
Cars drive by to look at eggs during a drive-by Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 12, at First-Plymouth Church. Over 300 eggs were placed around the church.
Drive-thru Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny greets visitors at the entrance of the Lincoln Sports Foundation "social distancing Easter egg hunt" on Saturday, April 11, at the Abbott Sports Complex. Fifty-six Easter egg drawings that had been sent in were spread out on the drive around the complex.
Watch: Lincoln neighbors sing 'The Old Rugged Cross'
Good Friday Music
Bob Milliken and Carol Milliken perform religious music for a gathering of neighbors on Good Friday, April 10, on Hunts Drive.
Masks on a walk
Martin and Darlene Weber wear masks as they stroll past Bishop Heights Park on April 10.
Peter Pan Park
Cameron Yonker (left) and Austin Brown maintain social distance as they enjoy a windy afternoon of riding the ramps on Thursday, April 9 2020, at Peter Pan Park.
Watch: A timelapse of the mural at Saro Cider
A "Heroes Work Here" sign shown outside the Lancaster Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
COVID-19 Workplace Safety
Construction workers, including Nathan Hennings (second from left), keep a 6-foot safety distance as they listen to Sampson Construction's COVID-19 workplace safety meeting at 245 Fallbrook Blvd., on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Watch: Steffany Lien twirls at birthday party
Dustin Paris wears a mask as he walks past State Capitol in early April.
Shirts for FEMA
Walt Lester adds printing on Wednesday, April 8, to the back of a shirt made by Eclipse Inc. for FEMA workers in New York City.
Saro Cider mural
Elyska Chapman (left) and Teresa Vega use acrylic paint to add their marks to a mural on the west side of Saro Cider at South 18th and N Streets on Tuesday, April 7. Saro Cider issued an invitation through Instagram for anyone to stop by to add to the mural with their own paint, markers or tin tacker.
Watch: Hand sanitizer rolls off Innovation Campus assembly line
No fun here
A playground closed sign is displayed in front of an empty playground Monday, April 6, at Pioneers Park.
Wildlife Safari Park
Cars wait to get into Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland on Saturday, April 4. Officials say the park has seen unusually high traffic since it opened March 27.
A line of cars travels P Street during a drive-thru parade outside the Lincoln Children's Museum on Saturday, April 4.
A sign thanking essential workers is shown on the corner of 52nd and Holdrege streets on Thursday, April 2. In smaller print, specific professions such as grocery store workers and bankers are listed.
An empty scene at the Railyard is seen in this photo taken on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
Sparse vehicle and foot traffic moves through downtown on O Street on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
First Friday-Kiechel Fine Art
Kiechel Fine Art is illuminated in neon blue with its artwork in the windows for First Friday passersby on Wednesday, April 1.
Nursing Home Horses
Sarah Thomsen of Roca holds Dudley, her 16-year-old quarter horse, as they visit Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center on Wednesday, April 1. She and others took animals window-to-window to greet residents of the facility.
Tower Square sign
Last week, a sign showing support for New York showed up in Tower Square in downtown Lincoln.
Noyes Art Gallery
Art lines the sidewalk in front of Noyes Art Gallery, 119 South 9th St., where artist Dori Minchow makes spirit sticks on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. “We have that huge sidewalk, so we’re putting work out so people can see it when they drive by or walk by,” Noyes said. “We’ve actually had two sales curbside.”
Free ice cream
Liz Shotkoski and two of her children drove around The Knolls neighborhood with a sign on their vehicle that said “Free Ice Cream." They wanted to spread a little cheer. To keep social distance, they used a pool skimmer to hand out the ice cream treats. They also handed out a bag of treats to moms turned teachers at home.
Chalk art from the Zimmer family.
A billboard calls for Lincoln residents to stay home during coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus Testing CHI
CHI Health set up a tent at Lincoln North Star parking lot for drive-thru COVID-19 testing, Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Free lunch for truckers
David Zelnio, director of operations and communications for the Nebraska Trucking Association, hands out flyers good for a free lunch to truck drivers purchasing fuel at Shoemaker's Travel Center on Tuesday.
Pastor Greg Bouvier delivers a livestreamed sermon in late March at Sheridan Lutheran Church. "We're trying to replicate service as it would be if you're here," said Bouvier. "Our theology of worship is not an individual thing. It's a communal thing. We want people to have a sense of that community."
WATCH: Celebrating a birthday with a parade
Derek Johnson, who delivers for DoorDash, leaves the downtown Qdoba with a customer's order on Friday, March 27.
Paula Nice (right) places potatoes in a box during Thursday's FoodNet distribution at F Street Neighborhood Church on March 26. Volunteers handled all unpackaged food items.
Inside of Le Quartier Bakery and Cafe on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Restaurant takeout and delivery
Bar manager Barrie Kuhn (left) packs carryout and delivery orders as chefs Trever Fangmeier and Nick Parent prepare orders at Venue on Thursday, March 26.
Wearing a mask for protection, Teri Stoppel waits for a StarTran bus Thursday, March 26, at the Gold's Building in downtown Lincoln.
Barber Shop Restrictions
Andy Amen cuts longtime customer Marshall Shepard's hair on Wednesday, March 25, hours before a city-issued health directive forced barbershops to shut down.
A BigShots customer uses the firing range Wednesday, March 25. The owner of the gun range and store said there has been an increase in customers that parallels the rise of coronavirus cases.
Tyreece Triplett, a receiving clerk with CHI St. Elizabeth, loads donated medical supplies on March 25 from Southeast Community College with help from Bev Cummins, vice president of student affairs and Lincoln campus director, and Ian Thompson, an SCC physical therapist assistant, at SCC's Lincoln campus.
Virus Nursing Homes
Rachel Mulcahy leads a performance for residents of the Lexington Assisted Living Center on Wednesday, March 25.
Simpsons in the windows
Replicas of Lisa Simpson and Homer Simpson watch the world pass by from the windows of a home near South 30th Street and Bonacum Drive on March 24. The owner said she had the figures in her basement and was attempting to spread a little cheer.
Virus Outbreak Nebraska
Gov. Pete Ricketts, speaking in March, said coronavirus testing is being run by Nebraskans. The state has contracted Utah companies to assist with the widespread testing effort.
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing
Manager Jen Anderson (from left), registered nurse Claire Nalder and manager Tammy Fandrich set up the COVID-19 testing drive-thru March 24 at Bryan LifePointe.
Renee Sans Souci (left) and Michelle Yellow Eyes represent Stand In For Lincoln on Monday, March 23, near the Capitol with signs displaying tweets by President Trump.
Omaha Sens. Machaela Cavanaugh (left) and Sara Howard wear masks on the floor of the Legislature on Monday, March 23.
UNL Beekeeping virtual class
Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, an etension and research Entomologist shows how to manipulate frames for better hive management as she's filmed live by lab technician Luke Norris during a virtual beekeeping class on Saturday, March 21, at the Entomology Hall on the UNL East Campus.
From left: Jack Doerr and Tom Mulgrue carry computer monitors to place in to a car on Saturday, March 21, 2020, outside of Gateway Mall. Nebraska Recycles donated 400 basic computer monitors to those in need.
Lincoln Lutheran Online Teaching
Katie Bockelman teaches students world geography using Zoom on Friday, March 20, at Lincoln Lutheran School. The school has shifted to holding classes via Zoom with students at home.
Joyo Theatre livestreams its production of "Starkweather" on Thursday, March 19.
The Bourbon Theatre marquee shares a reassuring memo with those who pass by on March 19.
Theresa Miles, of Lincoln, stocked up on extra groceries and tissues at Russ's Market on Wednesday, March 18. "I'm scared, but it's going to be what it is. Everybody is getting prepared for what's about to happen."
Playing with kids
Jan Beran, of Lincoln, plays with his two sons, Cohen Beran (left), 5, and Jackson Beran, 7, Wednesday, March 18, at Woods Park. Beran usually commutes to work at Valley, but has been working from home lately.
"Being home with kids all day is definitely an eye-opener. It can interrupt my workflow, I've decided that since we don't have a choice, I'm going to embrace it. I might work longer into the evenings, but I don't have to commute, I'm right at home when I'm done. I'll get done what needs to get done, deal with the family as we need to."
The Bike Rack sign
The Bike Rack, 3321 Pioneers Blvd., provides a bit of optimism — and encouragement — on its sign Wednesday, March 18.
St. Patrick's Day
McKinney's Irish Pub featured empty tables and spaces at the bar Tuesday, March 17, as the number of people allowed in the bar on St. Patrick's Day was limited to 10 people following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Best friends Lilly Bliven (top) and Eva Gutz wave to a passing UPS delivery truck, as they practice social distancing while talking to each other on walkie-talkies across the street from each other on Tuesday, March 17.
A temporary sign designates free curbside pickup parking at meters in front of downtown Lincoln businesses.
LPS Chromebook pickup
Students and family members pick up Chromebooks on Tuesday, March 17, at Pyrtle Elementary School. Students were to be learning at home until further notice.
UNL Moving Out
Dana Mahoney, of Lincoln, helps her daughter, Kate Mahoney, a sophomore at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to move out from her dormitory on Monday, March 16.
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