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Gov. Ricketts: Nebraska is not planning to close the state’s meatpacking plants

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- In his daily news briefing Thursday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts addressed the issue of meatpacking plants and whether he foresees a need to close them, due to COVID-19.

Governor Ricketts says the state is working closely with the food processors to keep them open. He adds, he doesn't foresee a scenario where the state would tell them to close.

The governor says it's about their operations and internally, they are making decisions to put safeguards in place.

"Can you imagine what would happen if people could not go to the store and get food? You want to talk about some of these protests going on right on. Think about how mad people were when they couldn't get paper products. Think about if they couldn't get food. This is it's vitally important to keep our food processors open," said Gov. Ricketts.

The governor says the state must do everything it can to ensure the food supply chain and keep the processors open to avoid civil unrest.


LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts held is daily news conference Thursday at 2 p.m. to update the public on the state's response to COVID-19.

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