Eased Coronavirus Rules May 11 For Second Group Of Counties

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is lifting coronavirus restrictions a week from Monday in 10 more counties that include the cities of Fremont, Lincoln, and North Platte.

The governor said last week that restrictions would be loosened this coming Monday in 59 counties, including all 11 in the Panhandle.

The same new limits will to apply to both sets of counties. Those include letting restaurant dining rooms reopen at half capacity and with 6-feet between tables, increasing the maximum number of children per room at daycare centers from 10 to 15, and opening beauty parlors and barber shops with both operators and patrons wearing masks.

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird told a separate news conference yesterday that because Lincoln and Lancaster County saw more new COVID-19 cases last week than ever before, she was reserving the right to keep the stricter limits in place. Baird said local officials will evaluate over the next 10 days whether to ease the limits or not

Governor Ricketts is back on NET tonight with an hour-long town hall meeting answering questions from Nebraskans about COVID-19 and its effects on communities across the state, the food supply chain and the reopening of some businesses

Joining the governor on Speaking of Nebraska will be state Ag Director Steve Wellman, and University of Nebraska Medical Center infectious disease specialist Dr Jasmine Marcelin.

Speaking of Nebraska airs at 7:30 MT with a radio repeat tomorrow night at 5:30 on NET, the state’s NPR stations. It will also be streamed on the NET website, the NET Nebraska app and on Facebook. The program will include subtitles in Spanish.

Questions can be submitted online before and during the show at netNebraska.org/coronavirus. They can also be emailed to news@netNebraska.org or submitted to the Facebook pages for NET Nebraska, NET News or NET Radio.

Questions can also be submitted via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #COVID19Nebraska while telephone numbers will be posted to call in questions.

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