Task force created to safely re-open Nebraska economy

Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.
Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.(KSNB)
Published: Apr. 27, 2020 at 9:28 AM CDT
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Governor Ricketts continued his push Monday to get more Nebraskans to register on the


The survey is now available in English and Spanish. Ricketts said Omaha and Grand Island will be the first two testing sites through this program.

According to Ricketts, 89,000 have registered so far but it's not enough. He's asking people to register and challenge five friends to do the same and use #testNebraskachallenge on social media.

"Let's make this go viral so we can fight the virus," Ricketts said.

Nebraska Economic Development Director Tony Goins joined Governor Ricketts at his daily press conference Monday to announce a new Get Nebraska Growing Task Force.

The task force will work with local business leaders to identify and communicate best practices that will help us safely re-open the economic sectors affected by the shutdown. "Together, we will work on guidelines that prioritize safety," Goins said, "At the same time, we want to allow businesses to operate as smoothly as possible under the current circumstances."

Goins said they will be communicating with industries including barbers, restaurants, and retail as well as work with local chambers of commerce to understand the concerns of the business community. "Together, we're going to get Nebraska growing again," Goins said, "Nebraska is one team and we all wear the same jersey."

If you have questions or ideas about how to safely re-open business in the state, you can email them to or call 800-426-6505.

Ricketts also said the State has been working to acquire and distribute personal protective equipment. So far 1.127 million pairs of gloves, 1.353 million masks, 47,000 gowns, and 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizer have been distributed to public health districts in Nebraska.

  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.

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