Ricketts: Six rules for curbing the spread and opening up NE

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 19:18:07-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts told Nebraskans if they abide by six rules for the next three weeks, it’s possible he may begin to slowly open up the state.

The rules are guidelines he gave in the past and are not legally binding.

They include:

  1. Stay home. No non-essential errands and no social gatherings. Respect the ten-person limit.
  2. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace.
  3. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you.
  4. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at home. No group sports. And no playgrounds.
  5. Help seniors stay at home by shopping for them. Do not visit long-term care facilities.
  6. Exercise daily at home or with an appropriately socially-distanced activity.

Ricketts also says group sports are banned state-wide until June. Golf is not included but he recommends simply staying at home.

“Can I give up my golf game or the other things I want to do for the next three weeks, to help protect the most vulnerable people in our state,” asked the governor. “That's what we’re talking about here, folks. If this virus gets into things like nursing homes, people who are older, have those underlying health conditions, it could be devastating.”

Ricketts also added salons and gentleman's clubs to the statewide Directed Health Measure and said testing is being expanded out in Western Nebraska.

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