Now that spring has sprung, many Nebraskans are no doubt anxious to get back to participating in outdoor sports.  However, governor Pete Ricketts said COVID-19 restrictions that prevent sports like kids baseball and adult softball from taking place will stay in effect through May 31st.

“We’re asking people to find ways to exercise, but do it in a socially-distanced way,” Ricketts said.   Ricketts said once summer comes, hopefully he’ll be able to loosen restrictions to where practices could be held for groups of 25 or less and “at 50 people you may start having games again.”  

As far as other sports like horse and auto racing, Ricketts said it’s a little too early to know what will happen over the course of the summer.  He added he wants to be sure that loosening the restrictions won’t cause issues for the state’s health care system.