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Details on state Memorial Day service & initiatives to support mothers

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Pete Ricketts
Posted at 2:03 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 16:11:24-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and other officials held a coronavirus briefing.

Ricketts started things off by reminding people to practice proper social distancing and good hygiene to stop the spread. He also took time to reiterate, group sports are not allowed in the state through May.

In light of Memorial Day, the governor and Veterans' Affairs Director John Hilgert shared plans for Nebraska’s first virtual Memorial Day observance.

On Monday, May 25, a Gold Star family will light a candle on the Capitol rotunda. Throughout the day, guards from various branches of the military will take turns guarding the candle. After 12 hours, the candle will be extinguished by the same family who lit it.

The state also announced several initiatives it plans to carry out in an effort to help mothers transitioning back to work at government facilities. They include spaces for mothers to nurse or pump, a reduction in costs related to childbirth, preferred parking permits and a program that will allow parents to bring children to work with them.

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