Gov Beshear puts new restrictions on bars and restaurants, issues recommendation on school start date
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Monday COVID-19 update.
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The governor announced 522 new cases and nine new deaths in Kentucky.
At least 27,601 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 709.
7,466 people have recovered from the virus.
588,926 Kentuckians have received tests.
21 of the 522 new cases were kids under the age of five. The youngest is 11 days old.
Gov. Beshear announced new restrictions statewide. Starting Tuesday, July 28, bars will close for two weeks. Beshear also said restaurants will need to reduce indoor seating to 25 percent. Outdoor dining will be unlimited as long as social distancing is followed.
He mentioned that these steps we’re taking are in an effort to fight the surge of COVID-19 cases we’ve seen in Kentucky and to keep us from seeing spikes as high as other states.
“Wherever you live in Kentucky, the virus is spreading. Our state government and the federal administration have significant agreement on what we need to do right now to make sure we don’t turn into Florida, Texas, Arizona, so many other states going through what could be absolutely devastating for them.”
During the next two weeks, the Kentucky Department for Public Health will monitor case numbers with the goal of then reopening bars and restoring restaurant capacity.
The governor also encouraged public and private schools to hold off on the first week of in-person classes until the third week of August.
“By waiting until the third week of August, we believe it gives us a chance to get this thing under better control, to get more people wearing that facial covering and to get us in a place where we can handle this in a much better way,” said Gov. Beshear. “My concern is if schools start before this, we’ll see cases in schools. And if we see a lot of early cases in schools, it will be harder to get all of our schools open for in-person classes in some way that works for those families.”
Dr. Stack emphasized the fact that similar recommendations are being stated by other leaders. “This is not outside of our control. Our actions can have a positive impact. One point I want to emphasize is that it’s not politics if you have President Trump and Governor Beshear making the same recommendations. It’s not politics. This is science. If we work together through this, we can succeed,” Dr. Stack said. “Back when we were Healthy at Home, we crushed the curve.… But when we started lifting restrictions, our mobility went right back to normal. So now, if you want to keep Kentucky open and keep your loved ones safe, wear a mask.”
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