LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday night signed an executive order allowing bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages as "takeout."
The relief order stipulates that the drinks must be premade cocktails or other alcoholic beverages, and must be sold in containers sealed with a lid — not partially consumed.
"Our restaurants and bars have been some of the hardest hit businesses during the #COVID19 pandemic," the governor tweeted, along with images of Executive Order No. 20-09.
Earlier at his daily update Thursday on the state's COVID-19 response efforts, Ricketts talked about the Directive Health Measure issued Wednesday night.
The DHM, impacting Washington, Saunders, Dodge, and Lancaster counties until May 6, prohibits:
- elective surgeries in these counties
- no dining-in at restaurants and bars
- public gatherings limited to 10 people or less
The governor's executive order allows places like churches, hospitals, and schools to set up temporary daycares to help parents who are still working during the pandemic, particularly those in roles deemed "essential."
Secretary of State Bob Evnen also confirmed during the news conference that Nebraska's primary election scheduled for May 12 will go on as planned. The last day to sign up for a mail-in absentee ballot is May 1.