Ricketts Warns April Will Be A “Tough Month,” Extends 10 Person Rule To May


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts used his daily coronavirus update webcast today to warn residents to brace for another “tough month” in April and to extend the statewide restrictions on social gatherings at least through April 30th.

Ricketts said state health officials are predicting that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the state will peak in mid-to-late April, then start a gradual decline.

The governor implored residents to continue following the state’s “social distancing” requirements, including a 10-person limit on gatherings.

Areas with multiple COVID-19 cases that investigators haven’t been able to tie to a specific source are under state orders making the recommendations mandatory and enforceable by law.

Those include the Lincoln and Omaha areas, a 4-county area of northeast Nebraska that includes Norfolk, and a 7-county area in the central and south-central part of the state.