Ricketts Tightens COVID-19 Rules, But Still No Stay-At-Home Order

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has further tighten rules intended to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state, but emphasizes it’s not a shelter-in-place order.

Ricketts told his daily update briefing on Thursday that his new “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy” plan and its “Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy” are just asking Nebraskans to do the right thing to protect the vulnerable populations in the state.

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Ricketts did order the closure of all salons, tattoo parlors and strip clubs and cancelled organized group sports until May 31, expanding an order that was already in place in the state’s biggest cities.

Ricketts said the executive order is intended to bring consistency to a patchwork of mandates from local public health departments. Salons in the Lincoln and Omaha areas have been closed since late last month, but some had been allowed to remain open in other parts of the state.

Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy

Stay home. No non-essential errands and no-social gatherings. Respect the 10-person limit.
Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace.
Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you.
Help kids follow social distancing. Play at home. No group sports and no playgrounds.
Help seniors stay at home by shopping for them. Do not visit long-term care facilities.
Exercise daily at home or with an appropriately socially-distance activity.

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