Governor Beshear is defending his decision to order new restrictions in an effort to reduce coronavirus activity across the Commonwealth. It came on a day when the state reported its highest daily tally of COVID-19 cases at 3,649.
The governor also reported 30 additional deaths. Beshear said the numbers used to limit gatherings whether in public settings or in private homes come from public health experts. “It is different going into a restaurant, taking off your mask, and eating while congregating around other people that going to Walmart to buy toilet paper and wearing your mask. It is entirely different,” said Beshear.
The governor is recommending Houses of Worship in Kentucky hold virtual services for the next three weeks. That would be along the same timeline as the new restrictions announced Wednesday by Beshear. Those restrictions include no indoor dining at restaurants and bars, virtual education in public schools, and a pause in most fall sports.
Asked if the $40 million dollars set aside to split among eligible restaurants and bars would be sufficient, the governor responded these businesses need further help that could come in additional federal CARES ACT funding. Beshear urged Congress to act on such a measure.
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