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Tri-State Governors Unite to Urge Holiday Safety Amid Pandemic

State leaders from Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois have joined together with governors from several other states to urge public safety over the holiday season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 1:13 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 1:32 PM

With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching, governors from multiple different states came together in a video released on Tuesday to encourage members of the public to take safety precautions heading into the holiday season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear were among those urging everyone to be safe over the 2020 holidays.

"Our fight against COVID-19 will be more effective when we work together,” the governors said in a joint statement. “That is why this group of bipartisan governors is joining forces today to urge families across our region, and Americans everywhere, to do their part to protect themselves and their families from the spread of COVID-19."

Leading up to Tuesday's message, each governor has taken previous measures to slow the spread of the virus during what's now seen by many as a "second wave" of the pandemic.

Gov. Pritzker has reinstituted old COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, and gatherings, and Gov. Holcomb has done the same.

In Kentucky's neck of the woods, new measures have been taken within long-term care facilities, and new recommendations have been made by Gov. Beshear for the majority of the state's counties.

Related: 'It is a Perfect Recipe to Spread This Virus': Kentucky's Dr. Stack on Thanksgiving

Also included in the holiday safety message released on Tuesday was Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

You can watch the full video from the governors below, titled "Mask Up."

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