Communities prepare to reopen next Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Some exciting COVID-19 news for you, Mayor Linda Gorton announced all government offices and facilities will reopen to the public Friday, June 11th.

“We have been waiting for this day for a long time,” Gorton said.

She says all government offices and facilities will reopen to the public.

“While I’m glad that just about everything is opening, I must admit, getting the senior centers open is at the top of my list,” Gorton said.

Closing the senior centers was one of the first steps Mayor Gorton took when the pandemic hit, o protect one of the most vulnerable groups from COVID.

Staff at the centers say they are ready to get back to in-person activities and services.

“We’re really so excited. They’re beyond excited,” Stambaugh said.

Kristy Stambaugh with Lexington senior centers says she talked to people recently who have been stuck inside for too long and are looking forward to being social again.

“We did these drive-thru cruises and schmoozes and I have to tell you for the morale of the people, us, and the participants, that’s why we do this. Is to be with the people,” Stambaugh said.

Another facility trying to get back to normal is the Fayette County Detention Center.

Director Lisa Farmer says she’s thankful families have been so patient.

“We still have to be concerned about the amount of people that comes in and out of our jail and of course we have to put everybody’s safety first so we’re going to start off just one visit per inmate per week and then review it later in the fall to see if we can open it up more,” Farmer said.

Other surrounding counties are also preparing to fully open to the public, including Estill County.

Judge-Executive Donnie Watson says he hopes people continue to take precautions to avoid another surge.

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