Governor Declares Easter Sunday A Statewide Day Of Prayer

Lincoln (April 8, 2020) Governor Pete Ricketts began his daily briefing with a positive note Wednesday, highlighting a business in Hastings that has begun making hand sanitizer for distribution within the State.

The situation, he says is approaching a peak, which is expected the last week of April.  “We want everyone to follow the social distancing guidelines, observe the 10 person rule for social gatherings, and wash hands frequently” he said, adding that everyone who experiences flu-like symptoms needs to stay home.

Ricketts acknowledged the coming Passover and Easter weekends, urging everyone to worship with the solemnity of the season, but also to stay home and limit social interactions.  He proclaimed this Sunday a statewide day of prayer.  “Pray for the people who are being impacted by the corona virus” he said.

The Governor also saluted Nebraska’s community bankers, who he says have been working hard to work with their customers and process applications for the Federal Paycheck Protection program, funded by the $2 trillion CARES act.  “This is something that will help businesses stay alive and retain their people” he said.  Both of Nebraska’s U.S. Senators, Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer, have expressed concern that the Federal program is not working as fast or as smoothly as it should for rural small businesses, and have called on the Federal Government to insure that Nebraska’s businesses have an opportunity to apply for money under the Paycheck Protection Act.