Kentucky to Allow Gatherings of 10 or Less and Sets Travel Ban Expiration Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

On May 22, small gatherings of 10 people or less will be permitted in Kentucky (moved up from May 25 with respect to the holiday weekend); the travel ban will be lifted on the same date

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced in his May 14 press conference two anticipated benchmarks on the road to reopening the state, both of which tie nicely into Memorial Day weekend plans.

On Friday, May 22, small gatherings of 10 people or less will once again be permitted in Kentucky (the relaxation on gatherings was moved up from its original date of May 25 with respect to the holiday weekend). The state's travel ban will be lifted on the same day. 

"I trust that we can do this right, that we can do this safely, and I'd much rather get out there with some good guidance and rules if a number of people are going to do this anyway, and encourage you to do it well," said Gov. Beshear in the press conference.

A few of the points that are outlined in Beshear's guidelines for gatherings include:

  • Having your get-together outside if possible
  • Maintaining six feet of distance from people who aren't in your household
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Washing your hands frequently before, after and during the get-together
  • Avoiding sharing food, drinks or utensils
  • Avoiding buffets or potlucks
  • Wearing a mask when anticipating being closer than six feet to non-family members
  • Keeping kids socially distant from each other
  • And, if you're high-risk, staying at home

Read the full summary of the May 14 press conference here, or watch it here

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