Gov. Ricketts issues emergency declaration for coronavirus response

Posted at 6:10 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 19:15:12-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) – Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an emergency declaration on Friday.

The move allows regulatory provisions of state law to be suspended to aid the state’s response to the coronavirus.

It also allowed Ricketts to issue an executive order waiving certain hauling requirements for truckers delivering food and supplies, such as food products to grocery stores.

It does not mean Nebraska is closing schools or banning mass public gatherings at this time.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency in Nebraska as we continue to work to be the best prepared state in the nation for COVID-19,” said Ricketts. “All across the state, individuals, businesses, employers, and churches are stepping up to make plans to mitigate the impact of the virus. There is a role for each one of us in this as we work together to keep people healthy.”

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