FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held his daily briefing on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.
The governor recommended that Kentucky schools hold off on in-person classes until September 28.
He said the decision was driven by four factors: Kentucky’s cases being near a peak, an increase in infection rates among children across the U.S., the experience of school districts in other states and families continuing to travel to hotspots for vacations against the advice of health officials.
“Our recommendation today is that schools wait to begin in-person classes until Sept. 28,” the governor said. “Yes, that’s six weeks from now, but it’s also six weeks from what I hope is the peak of this virus, six weeks from the last three weeks where we have been at an all-time high week in and week out, six weeks from a time when we just had a 6 percent positivity rate. Let’s face it, we’re trying really hard and we’ve taken good steps. Masks are working. But we do not have control over this virus. And to send tens of thousands of our kids back into in-person classes when we don’t have control of this virus, it’s not the right thing to do for these kids, it’s not the right thing to do for their faculty and it’s not the right thing to do as governor.”
Governor Beshear also announced bars and restaurants could reopen at 50 percent capacity on Tuesday, August 11, with some guidelines, such as maintaining 6-foot distance, customers must be seated, food and drink service ends by 10 p.m., they close by 11 p.m. and all staff and customers must wear masks.
“Third, as the Governor mentioned previously, the face-covering requirement has been extended as of Sunday for another 30 days,” said La Tasha Buckner, governor’s chief of staff and general counsel. “Therefore, just like in other businesses, all customers and staff must wear a face covering while in the bar or restaurant except when actively eating or drinking.”
You can click here for a full list of the requirements.
On Monday, August 10, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reported a total of 35,254 positive cases of COVID-19, with 775 deaths.
They reported 8,738 recoveries in the state.
Currently, 700,417 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.