Here's how you can stay safe while stepping back out to businesses

Posted at 9:14 AM, May 26, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Many are itching to get back out and visit their old go-to shops and restaurants as more places start to reopen across Kentucky. However, experts warn us that moving too fast could bring on another wave of COVID-19 cases, which is why Kentucky is reopening in phases, and businesses have limits on who can enter.

As you decide to venture back out, the main things to remember are to wear a mask, frequently wash or sanitize your hands, and any surface you touch and keep your distance from others, six feet preferably.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind.

You may want to limit your outings to one business. It's not the time to go from place to place all day like before.

If you're sick of takeout and want to dine in at a restaurant, try and eat outside. The virus circulates more in enclosed spaces.

As for that long-awaited hair or nail appointment, we know it's impossible to keep your distance. Read the business' safety protocols to make sure it's taking steps to eliminate health risks. The same goes for a visit with a massage therapist.

When heading to a beach or park, check in on current guidelines and restrictions. Look for open areas and trails that will allow you to keep your distance. The Mayo Clinic suggests choosing a park that's close to home since longer travel with more stops increases your exposure risk to COVID-19.

If you're eager to get to the gym, check the guidelines beforehand. It may limit the number of members allowed inside at a time. Make sure to keep your distance from others and wipe down every machine or piece of equipment before and after you use it.

Overall, just think of yourself and others around you. Governor Andy Beshear has said that future reopening dates for other businesses, like child care centers and bars, can change based on how well the public follows health and safety guidelines.