Good Question: Can seniors get out more?

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Deborah on the East Side asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: "What about the elderly under phase three and four? Since restaurants opened in phase three, should seniors ages 70+ be going to restaurants (even outdoors) or visiting with friends if they wear a mask, or should they still be staying home?"

Those are good questions because we know grandparents and older relatives want to get out and see family.

"Matilda’s Law" is still in place, but it’s technically not an actual law. That’s because there’s no statute to enforce. It’s merely strong guidance from the governor to protect those most vulnerable.

Here’s the advice:

  • Remain indoors.
  • Go outside for solitary exercise.
  • Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature.
  • Wear a mask in the company of others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others.
  • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.

The CDC reports 8 out of 10 virus-related deaths in the U.S. have been among adults at least 65 years old.