Kentucky will lift its restrictions on travel and small gatherings ahead of Memorial Day weekend, moving up the timing to accommodate holiday plans, Gov. Andy Beshear said last week.

Beginning Friday, people can gather in groups of 10 or fewer, the governor said. The previous date for resuming such gatherings had been May 25, which is Memorial Day.

Even while bending on the timeline, Beshear stressed that people need to follow health guidelines to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, which had prompted the restrictions.

“We realize that people are making plans for Memorial Day,” the governor said at his daily briefing. “And I trust that we can do this right. That we can do this safely.”

Gatherings should be outside whenever possible, and people should not share food, drinks, containers, plates, napkins or utensils, he said. They also should follow social distancing rules.

“Hopefully, just take and roll with these rules the best that you can so that you can be as protected as possible,” Beshear said.

Restrictions on out-of-state travel also will expire Friday, the governor said. Those restrictions played an important role in “flattening the curve” of coronavirus cases in Kentucky, he said.

People should still be cautious about where they choose to travel, Beshear said.