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Nursing home's 'hug tents' allow residents to get long-awaited embrace with loved ones

A senior living center in Colorado figured out how to safely allow its residents to feel something many around the world have been lacking in 2020 — the warmth of a hug.

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Restaurants aren't the only places brainstorming new ways to yield to coronavirus-related restrictions and public health measures.

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A senior living center in Colorado figured out how to safely allow its residents to get something many around the world have been lacking in 2020 — the warmth of a hug.

The Katherine & Charles Hover Green Houses in Longmont, Colorado, set up a tent with arm holes, allowing residents to embrace with loved ones through a thin sheet of plastic, KMGH-TV reported.

"Oh gosh, that was marvelous. I just ... I couldn’t hold her hard enough. She’s so sweet. It’s just wonderful," 97-year-old Vince Shryack told the station after hugging his daughter for the first time in about eight months.

Amanda Meier, a project coordinator with the Conversation Project, told KMGH the supplies for the tent cost about $250. The idea came about from seeing similar tents being used elsewhere in the world.

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