Governor says restrictions could relax tomorrow

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- This event was previously live-streamed and has since ended.

According to Governor Ricketts, if our hospitalizations remain below the Orange line, or below 20%, for one more day, our coronavirus restrictions could relax as soon as 12:01 a.m. tomorrow “if we stay stable”.

Dropping from Orange to Yellow would allow the following changes:

  • Indoor gatherings will go from 25% to 50%.
  • Social-distancing will no longer be in the Direct Health Measures, but is still strongly recommended.
  • Elective surgeries no longer have to be postponed, but a 10% hospital bed capacity must be maintained.
  • No restrictions on fan attendance for extracurricular activities, but current guidance remains and is recommended.
  • No restrictions on church attendance or religious congregations, but current guidance remains and is recommended.
  • No restrictions on gyms, fitness centers, health clubs, spas, salons, barbershops, etc. but current guidance remains and is recommended.
  • No restrictions on child care facilities, but current guidance remains and is recommended.

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Governor Rickets also commented on Nebraska joining the Amicus Brief in support of Texas’ lawsuit concerning the presidential election’s integrity.

“That was about making sure that states are actually following their own laws; and how if you don’t follow your own laws in one state, it can impact the other states in a national election, such as this… The key there is two things, one that we’re following the separation of powers… If you’re going to change your election law, you have to do it through the proper way which is the legislative branch… the other part is just in general we need to make sure we’re avoiding regulatory, you know, election irregularities… I think it’s perfectly appropriate to, to be able to say hey if you’re not following your own laws that’s a problem especially when you’re talking about a national election.”

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Governor Rickett’s is holding a live press conference to update the state on our COVID-19 efforts today at 10 a.m.

Although the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is now recommended to the FDA by an independent advisory committee, official approval has yet to be given. Tune in to the press conference to hear how Nebraska is preparing either to receive or not receive, the Pfizer vaccine.

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