Ricketts Defends Easing Coronavirus Rules


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts told his M-F coronavirus update Monday that although he’s easing some restrictions on businesses next Monday, residents need to understand some level limits will likely remain in place for up to 6 months or more.

Ricketts defended his decision to ease social-distancing restrictions in some parts of the state even though the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surged in the last few days.

He compared it setting speed-limits on freeways, saying traffic deaths could be all but ended if the speed limit were cut to 5 mph but that it’s not practical move.


The easing of some limits and bans will take effect Monday in 59 counties, including the Panhandle and the Omaha area, but not in those where COVID-19 is continuing to spread rapidly.

Ricketts urged residents in the still-restricted areas to stay there and not go to the others for dining out or getting their hair done.

Ricketts was also asked if Nebraska prison inmates are being tested for COVID-19, and answered they aren’t being targeted for testing, but will be tested when appropriate – just like everyone else: