Staff COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

Hi all,

We hope you are all doing well. Administration is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and how it is affecting our staff and customers. With many of you working remotely, please reach out to your manager if you need any assistance.

The state is making daily announcements with regard to aid available to local business, resources for those needing to file for unemployment benefits specifically related to COVID-19, and the continuation of a 10-person limit in any public building/gathering in one area to create social distancing.

We continue to encourage each of you that can work from home, or work remotely, to do so. We greatly appreciate the efforts of all staff and volunteers providing services, delivering supplies, and taking care of one another across the state in so many ways.

As you may have seen today in a news release in a continued, proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we are temporarily closing state park and recreation area playgrounds and play structures beginning today (March 30).

The closures are in keeping with national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages maintaining physical distance’ and limiting in-person social interactions.

Game and Parks will continue to keep open state park and recreation areas grounds and trails, which provide adequate room for proper physical distancing for the health and safety of the public. These recreation areas also offer opportunities to hike and fish while maintaining 6-foot distance between healthy guests. Parks permits can be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org and our staff is mailing them out daily.

Today, Governor Ricketts stated that we can expect the current health situation to continue well into the month of April. He reminded us that we need to keep our most vulnerable Nebraskans healthy and safe. We all need to practice good social distancing, limit groups of people, stay home if you are sick, and practice good personal hygiene. Please keep these important reminders in mind.

Thank you for all you are doing.

For the most up-to-date information on closures and event cancellations or postponements, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/healthinfo.