The Douglas County Health Department said Tuesday that people should wear masks in public.
“Wearing a homemade mask in public helps reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said.
She called it “especially important when you reach out for help from first responders,” and when going to grocery stores and other retail outlets.
Pour said she was following the guidance from national public health officials on wearing masks.
“Remember, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” she said.
The department also said youth sports games and practices are banned in Douglas County. Such activities “cannot be held at this time because they violate directed health measures limiting the size of gatherings and mandating six feet of separation,” the department said in a press release.
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A man receives a nasal swab in his vehicle while receiving RPP testing at a drive-thru testing clinic at Bryan Health's LifePointe Campus in Lincoln.
"The expectation still is we want to loosen things up as soon as possible," Ricketts said Tuesday about statewide directed health measures limiting crowd sizes and encouraging social distancing, "but it's going to take some time."
State Sen. John Stinner of Gering said that property tax relief and business tax incentives "have to be shoved aside" in light of economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But Gov. Pete Ricketts and Sen. Lou Ann Linehan said it was "way too premature" to declare hopes for property tax relief dead.