The state of Kentucky has seen quite an increase in cases of Covid-19 in the last month, reaching nearly record-breaking numbers. In response to the growing outbreak of the virus, Kentucky Gov. Beshear has announced new restrictions in the phased re-opening of the state’s economy.
The governor in his daily breifing today announced that bars in the state must close effective July 28 in effort to fight against the spread of Covid-19. Also, restaurants will have to operate at 25% inside capacity now, with outdoor seating staying the same with social distancing. Restaurants were able to operate at 50% indoor capacity in the last few weeks, but will now have to scale back.
Beshear also recommended that public and private schools in the state delay the start of the school-year until the third week of August, as well as again pleading with people that they wear a mask.
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx met with Gov. Beshear yesterday in light of the rising rate of positive cases of Covid-19 across the state, and along with the state’s health officials, advised that the governor take these steps.
In her media availability after meeting with the governor, Dr. Birx referenced the rising test positivity rate as a concern and reason for further restrictions.
“We have significant concerns about the rising test positivity rate and the rising number of cases,” Birx said. “We can see what is happening in the south moving north.”
This announcement from Beshear comes after the governor recently announced a 30-day mask mandate for residents of the state on July 10, as well as limiting public gatherings to groups of ten people on July 20 as the test positivity rate has been rising.