How Kentuckians can celebrate Thanksgiving safely

Kentuckians are urged to make smart choices this Thanksgiving to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Making sacrifices to protect family and friends is necessary as the virus continues to impact all parts of the Commonwealth and country. Gov. Andy Beshear and the Dept. of Public Health released guidance to encourage Kentuckians to be safe this year.

Tips included avoiding high-risk activities like long-distance travel, indoor gatherings with loved ones who do not live in your household, large spectator sports or parades, and in-person Black Friday shopping. Those with increased risk for severe illness (like grandparents and family members with medical conditions) or likely exposure COVID-19 through high-risk work or life activities are especially urged to stay home.

If you choose to see friends and family who live outside your household this Thanksgiving, consider finding a location where you can be outdoors and keep at least six feet distance from others. Shorten your gathering to reduce risk of exposure and limit the number of attendees as much as possible.

Talk to your family members about their behaviors leading up to the event to ensure they are wearing masks, keeping safe social distancing and following other preventative measures in the weeks before your Thanksgiving gathering.

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— Rachel Nix

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