Commission takes measures to keep staff, public safe in response to virus

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Nebraska Game and Parks takes measures in response to virus

In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at its facilities, parks and events, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is limiting some public access.

The Commission aims to protect its staff and customers by removing opportunities for crowds to gather at facilities and events and by maintaining clean facilities. To do so, the agency has taken the following steps:

  • Nebraska State Parks and recreation areas currently remain open for day use, camping, fishing, and recreation. Purchase permits in advance of arrival at the Game and Parks website. Overnight lodging accommodations, cabins and lodge rooms, remain open. Reservations for lodging may be rescheduled or, in some cases, refunded. Guests should contact the parks reservation center accordingly.
  • All wildlife management areas remain open.
  • At this time, the Commission is cancelling all Game and Parks-sponsored group programs and other scheduled group events through May 31, 2020, or until further notice. This includes the Cornhusker Trap Shoot, National Archery in the Schools state tournament, hunter education classes, trainings and workshops, community fishing events, Outdoor Discovery Programs at Platte River State Park (SP) and Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA), and the Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo.
  • The Omaha service center has been closed to public access until further notice. To get information or purchase permits, customers may visit our website or call the office at 402-595-2144.
  • Through May 31, the Schramm Education Center near Gretna, Eugene T. Mahoney SP Activity Facility near Ashland, Wildcat Hills Nature Center near Gering, Fort Kearny State Historical Park Visitor Center near Kearney, Two Rivers SRA service center near Waterloo, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln are closed to public walk-in access. Two Rivers SRA trout tags can be purchased at Iron Ranger locations near the trout lake.
  • All cancellations, postponements and closures are posted on the Commission’s website.
  • As we continue to monitor the public health situation, walk-in traffic may be limited at our offices, service centers and park offices. Please do not enter public buildings if you are sick, have a fever equal to or greater than 100.4 degrees, or have been knowingly exposed to sick individuals.
  • We are taking proactive measures to protect our customers and our employees, including using approved cleaning supplies and disinfecting areas that are frequently visited by the public.

The Commission’s meeting in Hastings will be conducted as scheduled on March 20. View the modified agenda online.

For the newest updates and information, please visit the Game and Parks website.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 North 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is responsible for stewardship of the state's fish, wildlife, parklands, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

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