This Governor Just Imposed "Unpopular" Restrictions
On Wednesday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a series of restrictions to fight COVID-19 he acknowledged would be "unpopular" but were necessary in the face of the virus's surge in the state.
"Action is unpopular," he said, "but inaction is deadly."
The restrictions include closing restaurants and bars to indoor service; limiting private gatherings to eight people; capping attendance at venue spaces to 25 people (including weddings and funerals; limiting gyms and pools to 33% capacity, with face masks required; and moving public and private schools to remote learning. Read on to hear more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"This Is Not a Shutdown"
Kentucky reported 3,000 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday; 106 of the state's counties are in the "red" zone for new coronavirus case; only 14 are in the "orange" zone. "Now, it is time for Kentucky's third counterattack on the coronavirus," said Beshear. "Let me be clear about a few things. This is not, and will not be a shutdown. Our economy is open, and there will be no closings based on essential or nonessential services. But today we are announcing significant, but surgical and targeted steps designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect our people."
"It's time to do what it takes to finish this fight," he added.
New Restrictions Set Nationwide
Beshear's actions came as coronavirus cases surged in all 50 states, and state and local leaders took broader action. This week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine implemented a 10pm curfew for most Ohio residents, mirroring a similar policy in Massachusetts. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is reportedly considering a statewide curfew. After resisting a mask mandate for months, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced one last Friday. On Wednesday, New York City shut its public schools.
As of Wednesday, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 250,000 people in the U.S. Experts say there could soon be 2,000 deaths a day, and that 100,000 to 200,000 more Americans could die in the next few months.
"It all depends on what we do and how we address this outbreak," Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University professor of environmental health sciences told the New York Times. "That is going to determine how much it runs through us."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, warned this week that "the virus is not going away" and implored Americans to follow public health recommendations like social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing.
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.