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Health Director disappointed with NE Crossing reopening plans

Posted at 1:25 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 14:25:43-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Tuesday, Nebraska Crossing announced plans to reopen later this month. Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said Wednesday she's disappointed with the outlet mall's plans to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Many shopping centers in the area have closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pour said the decision to reopen could be detrimental.

“We also have businesses that think they are just going to do what they think they can do," she said. "I do think voices matter in the community. The community matters and we need to stick together so I am disappointed about that because I think what we are seeing is when you open things up too soon, you're actually going to see outbreaks."

Pour says the next three weeks are crucial and it’s important businesses cooperate.

Nebraska Crossing, which is in Sarpy County, would gradually transition to a formal grand reopening in May according to the owner.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said, during his press conference on Tuesday, shopping centers weren’t ordered to close down but must follow guidelines.