Kerry Kennedy Reveals How Her Family Uses Plastic Sheets to Stay Safe Amid COVID-19

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From Town & Country

Kerry Kennedy is opening up about the creative ways the Kennedy clan is social distancing amid the ongoing pandemic. The daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Ethel Kennedy, 92, says they've reconfigured much of their Cape Cod home to keep the nonagenarian grandmother safe.

"For the first six months, [Ethel] was in Florida and didn’t see any of her children," Kerry told People. There were plenty of Zoom calls, though, she assures—and later in the summer, Ethel was able to rejoin them in person, thanks to some cleverly placed plastic sheets.

Kerry's brother Chris "put a sheet of plastic between the dining room and living room. And he took a table, and split it in two," Kerry explained. "So she sits at the dining table but she is at her side, and you are at your side, and you can have lunch and dinner with this plastic sheet [in between you]. It’s completely safe and everyone can relax."

Photo credit: 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Award Gala - Getty Images
Photo credit: 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Award Gala - Getty Images

Backgammon games, a family favorite, require an even more intricate set-up: "There’s a plastic sheet but it’s about waist-high, and there’s a hole and the hole has a sock in it," Kerry said. "And then you’ve got plastic gloves that go up to your shoulder and you reach your hand through the sock and play backgammon."

Kerry also noted that if a family member takes necessary precautions—namely, isolating for two weeks and getting tested for COVID-19—they can spend time with Ethel on the other side of the plastic.

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