Nebraska Outdoor Outlet Mall Plans To Reopen Before State’s Coronavirus Cases Peak

Despite a steady increase in coronavirus cases in Nebraska, owners of a major outdoor outlet mall near Omaha is planning to become one of the first malls across the country to fully re-open.

Nebraska Outdoor Outlet Mall Plans To Reopen Before State’s Coronavirus Cases Peak

GRETNA, Neb. (CBS Local) — Despite a steady increase in coronavirus cases in Nebraska, owners of a major outdoor outlet mall near Omaha are planning to become one of the first malls across the country to fully re-open.

In a flier distributed to retailers on Tuesday, Nebraska Crossing Outlets in Gretna said the April 24 “soft opening” is an unveiling of newly remodeled restaurants and outdoor spaces.

Nebraska Crossing said it would gradually transition to a formal grand re-opening in May, according to the owner.

The flier says the outdoor shopping center has thorough cleaning practices in place, including taking employees’ temperatures and having them wear protective masks and gloves.

“We’re looking at the great opportunity to set some best practices and help our retailers open their portfolios across the country,” owner Rod Yates told the Omaha World-Herald.

But the Nebraska Hospital Association, which represents 93 hospitals, said the move “poses serious risks to the health of all Nebraskans.”

“Quite simply, it’s irresponsible for a nonessential retailer to open its doors to the public in the middle of a pandemic,” NHA President Laura J. Redoutey said Tuesday in a statement.

Nebraska is one of seven states in the U.S. to have no official stay-at-home order, urging citizens to practice social distancing guidelines without making them mandatory.

As of Wednesday, the state has documented more than 950 coronavirus cases and 21 COVID-19 related deaths. The state’s peak is expected around May 2, eight days after the outlet mall is supposed to reopen.

Governor Pete Ricketts, who has issued several measures that forced many businesses to close, said on Tuesday the mall and other stores are free to open as long as they follow social-distancing orders.

“If companies are looking to be able to get prepared for some point down the road when those restrictions are loosened, that’s OK, but anybody who’s operating still needs to continue to follow all the guidelines,” he said.

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Legendary author Stephen King reads from his latest release 'If It Bleeds.'

WATCH: Stephen King Reads From His New Book ‘If It Bleeds’

Legendary storyteller Stephen King reads the first chapter of his next book, If It Bleeds, in a worldwide premiere on YouTube. Check out the video below for an exclusive sneak peek at this brand-new novella collection, which will be released on April 21 from ViacomCBS sister company Simon & Schuster.

Stephen King has published more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of short fiction has written an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat,” and the title story, “If It Bleeds.”

Just as impactful and enduring as his longer fiction, King’s short stories are their own dark treat. His full range is on display once again with If It Bleeds, which offers readers four more works sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. In the title story, reader favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears, and possibly another outsider—this time on her own. In “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. “The Life of Chuck” explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in “Rat,” a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition.

If these stories exhibit King’s creative depths, they also prove that certain themes endure. One of King’s great concerns is evil, and in If It Bleeds, there’s plenty of it, imagined in the title story as “a big bird, all frowsy and frosty grey.” There is also evil’s opposite, which in King’s fiction often manifests as friendship. In these stories, Holly Gibney is reminded that friendship is not only life-affirming but can be life-saving.

King also reminds us that life’s quotidian pleasures are even more glorious because they are fleeting: the outrageous good fortune of a beautiful blue day after a string of grey ones; the delight of dancing really well, when every move feels perfect; a serendipitous meeting. It’s in these moments that King’s ability to describe pure joy rivals his ability to terrify us.

Don’t miss If It Bleeds, out on April 21 wherever books are sold.

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