Ricketts Order Allows Restaurants To Sell Bulk Foods, Goods

LINCOLN – Nebraskans who order takeout during the coronavirus pandemic may soon be able to get a side of bread, milk and toilet paper from their local restaurant.

Gov. Pete Ricketts yesterday issued an executive order allowing restaurants to sell bulk items they buy for their own use that aren’t labeled for retail sale. Nebraska Restaurant Association Executive Director Zoe Olson says the list includes food, paper goods, and disinfectants.

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Olson says the Restaurant Association estimates that 6% of the state’s eateries will close permanently because of the pandemic, but temporarily loosening the reail sale regulations could help some survive.

She also says the program has the support of the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association.

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