Republican Governor of Nebraska Says No More! To End Nearly All COVID Restrictions on Businesses

Republican Governor of Nebraska Says No More! To End Nearly All COVID Restrictions on Businesses


The shutdowns have gone on for long enough.

We’re now going into fall and many businesses cannot function anywhere close to normal.

Democrats apparently would like to see the shutdowns continued indefinitely and have everyone on government benefits.

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But Republicans are fighting back!

The Republican Governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, is officially ending many of the COVID restrictions on businesses.

Here’s the story from the Associated Press:

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will end nearly all of his state’s social-distancing restrictions on Monday even as the number of new coronavirus cases has trended upward over the last few months.

The new rules will still limit the size of large indoor gatherings, such as concerts, meeting halls and theaters, but will drop all other state-imposed mandates in favor of voluntary guidelines, as other conservative states have done.

“We are loosening the restrictions further on Sept. 14,” Ricketts said at a news conference.

State officials said they made the decision based on the availability of hospital beds and ventilators, in keeping with the Republican governor’s goal of not overwhelming medical facilities.

“The goal has always been to protect hospital capacity, and capacity remains stable,” said Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage.

Nebraska’s hospitals have 36% of their regular beds, 31% of their intensive care unit beds and 81% of their ventilators available, according to the state’s online tracking portal. Those numbers have changed little in the last few months.

The new rules will apply statewide except in Lancaster County, which includes the state capital of of Lincoln, home to the University of Nebraska’s flagship campus. They’ve already been in effect in 27 of Nebraska’s 93 counties, but those areas are overwhelmingly rural and have seen few confirmed cases.

Nebraska will also allow smaller indoor facilities, such as bars, restaurants, churches, gyms and hair salons, to operate with no formal restrictions. State guidance still recommends limiting crowd sizes, but those guidelines aren’t enforceable.

This is how it should be across the country!

If hospitals have the capacity to handle cases, why are we strangling businesses with these ridiculous restrictions?

Nancy Pelosi can get her hair done and you should be able to as well!

Meawhile, the Lincoln Journal Star detailed how Governor Ricketts also welcomes the reopening of schools and also praised President Trump:

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday hailed the return of students to K-12 classrooms as a plus for their "overall social well-being" during a wide-ranging news conference at which he expressed concerns about mail voting in some states and heaped praise on President Donald Trump.

A return to the classroom is important for the overall health of students, as well as academic progression, the governor said.

While Ricketts was focused on the resumption of school with built-in safeguards to protect students from COVID-19, questions also moved to other topics during the beginning of a week that will feature the Republican National Convention and the nomination of Trump as he seeks a second term.

Ricketts said Trump has delivered "tremendous results for the American people" despite pandemic derailment of the economy.

"This administration created the most dynamic economy" prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the governor said, lifting millions of people out of poverty and sharply reducing the nation's unemployment rate.

The GOP convention will provide "a great opportunity to hear President Trump's vision for the next four years," Ricketts said.

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And Governor Ricketts also made an appearance at a Trump rally hosted by Lara Trump this month!

Keep up the great work Governor Ricketts!

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