Ricketts proclaims '21 days to stay home and stay healthy'

Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 10-30, 2020 as “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy in Nebraska” during his daily press briefing on the State’s response to the ongoing pandemic.  Infectious disease experts project that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be at or near its peak in Nebraska by the end of April.  For the next three weeks, the governor is urging Nebraskans to avoid non-essential errands and to limit social gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Ricketts also announced a new statewide Directed Health Measure (DHM) to guard against the spread of COVID-19.  It orders certain businesses where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained to close through April 30.  The DHM also prohibits organized group sports through May 31.

Gov. Ricketts: “21 Days” Proclamation

  • We are entering a new phase in our fight against the virus.
  • Based on the modeling we’ve seen, it is likely that Nebraska hits our peak with the virus in the next few weeks.
  • Today, I am designating the next three weeks as “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy.”
  • During this time, it is the civic duty of each and every Nebraskan to help slow the spread of the virus.
  • For the next three weeks, we are asking all Nebraskans to redouble their efforts to practice good hygiene and social distancing.

Gov. Ricketts: Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy

  1. Stay home. No non-essential errands and no social gatherings. Respect the ten-person limit.
  2. Socially distance your work. Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace.
  3. Shop alone and only shop once a week. Do not take family with you.
  4. Help kids follow social distancing. Play at home. No group sports.  And no playgrounds.
  5. Help seniors stay at home by shopping for them. Do not visit long-term care facilities.
  6. Exercise daily at home or with an appropriately socially-distanced activity.
    • Nebraskans have been doing a great job of complying with our social distancing directives.
    • These six rules will unite Nebraskans in our shared goal of slowing the spread of the virus as we enter its peak period.

Gov. Ricketts: New Directed Health Measure

  • Today, I am also announcing a new Directed Health Measure that orders additional statewide business closures.
  • The aim of the DHM is to bring greater consistency across the state.
  • For example, several local jurisdictions have already closed salons. The new DHM will close them statewide. 
  • We are also closing the sports loophole.  Some people have tried to continue group sports, and this new DHM prohibits playing them. 
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