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Do your part to stay safe as businesses reopen

Kingsport Neighborhood Commission • May 9, 2020 at 10:15 PM

While certain parts of Kingsport are now reopening, it’s important that we all do our best to continue safe practices while we’re out and about.

I’m sure many of our neighbors have heard the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and local health organizations. In order to keep our community healthy, each and every one of us and our neighbors will need to do our part while businesses reopen. Now, what does that entail?

First of all, keep adequate social distance of at least six feet between yourself and others when out in public. You will also need to wear a cloth mask or face covering to prevent any spread of COVID-19. Even if you don’t feel ill, we now know that some of those who tested positive for coronavirus are asymptomatic, so it’s very important to cover your face.

Gatherings will need to be limited to 10 people or less, as mandated by Gov. Bill Lee. However, it is still recommended to leave your home only for essential activities, such as work or grocery shopping. At this time, it is still best to avoid traveling outside the Tri-Cities area.

One of the best recommendations we can offer our neighbors is the one you’ve heard the most often. Wash your hands! Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands before eating or preparing food, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after going anywhere in public.

It’s still important to avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth. While at home, in your car, and at work, continue to disinfect surfaces and frequently clean your most-touched items, such as mobile phones and keys. Lastly, if you’re feeling sick or think you might be sick, please stay home.

Together, we can keep our community safe and healthy. Take care, neighbors.

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