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Governor urges Alabamians to honor health care workers by leaving porch lights on

The governor is asking Alabamians to leave their porch lights on each Friday to honor health care workers.

Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday issued a proclamation asking Alabamians to leave their porch lights on each Friday in October to show support for health care workers who continue to fight COVID-19. 

“We’re lighting up Friday nights for our heroes. I’m continually amazed at the dedication of health care employees who work all year long to care for us and who during tough times, such as COVID, only seem to work harder,” Ivey said in a statement. “We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for the countless hours they’ve spent at hospitals, clinics and other facilities saving lives and helping to prevent the spread of this virus.”

The Light up Friday Nights campaign is a joint effort by Ivey’s office, the Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama Department of Education, the Council for Leaders in Alabama’s Schools, the Alabama Independent School Association, the Alabama High School Athletic Association and School Superintendents of Alabama.

Many local schools will be participating in the campaign to highlight health care workers at sporting events this week, Ivey’s office said in a press release.

Since schools reopened and athletic events restarted, numerous high schools across the state have cancelled or postponed football games due to COVID-19, according to news coverage. 

“I urge all Alabamians to give an extra pat on the back this month to the men and women who have gone above and beyond during this virus and who continue to do so,” Ivey said.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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