Chris Kleponis / Pool / Getty ImagesNebraska Governor Pete Ricketts speaks to President Donald Trump during a meeting on trade with governors and members of Congress at the White House on April 12, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Chris Kleponis / Pool / Getty Images)
Republican Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will end nearly all of his state’s social distancing restrictions on Monday.
The new rules will still limit the size of large indoor gatherings but will drop all other state-imposed mandates in favor of voluntary guidelines, as other conservative states have done.
“We are loosening the restrictions further on Sept. 14,” Ricketts said at a news conference.
State officials said they made the decision based on the availability of hospital beds and ventilators, in keeping with the Republican governor’s goal of not overwhelming medical facilities.
“The goal has always been to protect hospital capacity, and capacity remains stable,” Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage said.
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