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Gov. Ricketts: A mask mandate violates Nebraska law

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts commented on state and local mask mandates during his press conference today.

Ricketts and the Attorney General's Office intervened when Douglas County pushed for a mask mandate, including in Omaha.

The governor says a mask mandate violates state law. He says the "Nebraska way" is different than how other states function during the pandemic and says he thinks people would resist if officials passed a mandate.

"I think what we have to do is have people understand what the appropriate use of a mask is and rely on their common sense and good judgement to do that. And if that's the approach we have taken from the state, folks we've been successful," said Ricketts.

Ricketts says there may never be a vaccine, so people need to learn how to social distance and wear a mask without the government stepping in.


LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a news conference Wednesday at 10 a.m.

He announced this year's recipients of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative grants. He was joined by a representative from each company receiving a 2020 DYTI grant.

KTIV App Users: To watch the news conference on, click here.

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