Girl and her grandpa hold socially distant dance-off under coronavirus rules

A Tennessee grandfather-granddaughter duo found the perfect way to fight boredom while following the coronavirus pandemic physical distancing rules.

In heartwarming footage shared to Facebook by Sherrie Neely, her father Marvin Neely and her daughter Kira have an adorable dance-off, all while maintaining social distancing, a recommendation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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The video shows a young girl and her “Papa” taking turns showing off their moves to the song ABC by The Jackson 5.

“Kira loves her Papa so much and they’ve now started daily ‘dance offs’ since the virus is keeping them separated,” Neely wrote in the caption on Saturday.

“My dad is turning 81 years old next month and I’ve never seen him dance, but he’s really putting forth great effort and has some special moves.”

Kira, 6, has been off school since March 12. Out of fear of being an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19, Neely decided they best steer clear of the girl’s grandparents, Today reports.

“All the changes with the virus and social distancing have just made me even more thankful and grateful to have them near,” Neely told Today of her parents.

“The fact that we can still get outside and have fun from a distance means everything to us, and helps to give us a sense of normalcy in such a crazy time.

“I’m so thankful Kira will always have these memories of her time with her Papa.”

They also kick a soccer ball to each other from across the street in their Nashville neighbourhood, and Kira draws pictures for her grandparents in chalk for them to see from afar.


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“My dad also enjoys just bringing a chair outside and watching her play in the yard,” Neely, a single mom, said.

“But both my parents and Kira both say the thing they miss most are the hugs.”

The video has been shared 20,000 times and boasts more than 2,500 comments.

A happy story goes a long way, especially right now.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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