Ricketts: restrictions 'won’t be all taken off at once'

Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 19:26:19-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — We’re still a few weeks out before Governor Pete Ricketts will consider re-opening many of the state's businesses that are currently closed.

“Whatever point we start relaxing those restrictions, they will just be relaxed, they won’t all be taken off at once,” says Ricketts.

That could include bars and restaurants, slowly allowing more people in.

“Maybe as we start relaxing this, we start relaxing to something like 20 people, or 25 people, and gradually take that number up over time,” says Ricketts.

He says his plan will be a state centered one, saying once restrictions are loosened, he’ll be looking hard at the COVID-19 data.

“It’ll be about, what are we relaxing and seeing if it causes a spike in cases in our state to make sure we can keep control of this so we don’t overwhelm the health care facility,” says Ricketts.

Douglas County is under a Directed Health Measure until April 30th, so the earliest restrictions could be loosened is May 1st.

The governor also urged Nebraskans celebrating Easter to only do so with those in their household.