White House, Gov Ricketts: Social Gatherings Should be Limited to 10 People


During his press conference this afternoon, Governor Ricketts stated there is a breaking CDC recommendation to limit group social gatherings such as weddings, funerals, church services, and visiting restaurants or bars, to 10 people or fewer for the next two weeks.

This recommendation comes from the office of the President, calling on Americans to avoid social gatherings involving groups of more than 10 people for the next 15 days.

President Trump also suggested that bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and other venues where groups of people congregate should also be closed or limited in states with evidence of community transmission.

You can see the full list of the President’s recommended actions here, on whitehouse.gov. 



LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts met with cabinet members at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), as he unveiled new guidance further limiting public events and gatherings.

“We are updating Nebraska’s guidance for closures and event sizes to align with new guidance issued by the CDC late yesterday,” said Governor Ricketts.

Updates to event size and closure guidance, effective immediately, include:

  • Public events and gatherings are limited to 50 people or less, statewide.
  • Bars and restaurants will move to takeout only and gatherings will be limited to 20 people, on a regional basis, when:
    • A second community transmission case is confirmed in the Omaha area.
    • 1-2 confirmed community transmission cases are confirmed in Lincoln.
    • 1 confirmed community transmission case is confirmed in other Nebraska communities and Nebraska’s Educational Service Units. (This would include Fremont.)

At present, only one community transmission case has been reported in the state, in Douglas County.

The role of the SEOC is to track cancellations and closures across the state, respond to any requests for assistance from local emergency managers, and develop a common operating picture to keep local officials aware of the evolving situation.

The updated guidance on public events and gatherings can be read by clicking here.