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Governor Andy Beshear has mandated Kentuckians wear masks in public, as coronavirus infections surge around the state and country.

Governor Andy Beshear entered office in December, unseating an unpopular incumbent and with plans to bolster education in the state. But so far, most of the first part of his tenure's early days has been swallowed by the coronavirus.

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Kentucky museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries and distilleries will be allowed to reopen starting June 8, Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Tuesday briefing. He said they're still working out specific guidance for these industries, but "this gives these businesses some advance notice."

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky state parks, campgrounds and aquatic centers will be allowed to reopen on June 1. The recreational spaces have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced during his May 7 press conference the next phase of the state’s reopening will be initiated sooner than expected. Phase 2 will begin May 22 with restaurant reopenings and at a later date allow movie theaters, fitness centers, campgrounds, childcare facilities, and youth sports to reopen. 

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today announced a new travel ban that he said is “exactly like Ohio’s [ban].” A federal judge ruled Tuesday Beshear’s travel restrictions during the pandemic were unconstitutional.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear responded Sunday to weekend protests at the state capitol against social distancing policies.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s schedule to restart the economy appears to contradict his administration’s own benchmarks for when it is safe to reopen.

Just ten days ago, Beshear said it would not be enough to flatten the curve before reopening. Following guidance from the White House, Beshear said Kentucky would need to see 14 days of declining cases before making any announcements.

“If we are there, that’s great, but remember what the White House has said and what we know is we actually need two weeks of going down,” he said.

But on Wednesday, Beshear announced a phased reopening of the Commonwealth while acknowledging confirmed cases of coronavirus have “plateaued,” but not yet declined.

 


Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced during his April 29 daily COVID-19 update the first phase of an incremental reopening of the commonwealth’s economy. Beshear held the briefing at the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. 

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Gov. Andy Beshear said his ban on mass gatherings does not single out places of worship.

"I'm not trying to set rules that are difficult and I'm not trying to set rules that are controversial, I'm just trying to save people's lives," Beshear said at Tuesday's briefing.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the state will start to reopen non-health care sectors of the economy beginning May 11.

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky has surpassed 3,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and says the state is still likely in the "plateau" of the pandemic.

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During his Sunday briefing, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said that the state has experienced the highest one day increase in new coronavirus cases "that we’ve ever had."

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President Trump is trying to push governors like Mike DeWine of Ohio and Andy Beshear of Kentucky into quick re-opening of their states' economies, fearing the worst as he heads into a re-election campaign. But the governors are resisting a quick return to normalcy. DeWine says Ohio can't completely come back until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and that may not not happen for a year or more.

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Gov. Andy Beshear says it's unlikely that Kentucky will begin easing coronavirus crowd restrictions and business closures starting May 1, as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said would happen in his state.

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As Governor Andy Beshear gave his daily public briefing, audible shouting was broadcast through the Democrat's Facebook feed. Protestors had gathered outside the State Capitol and loudly called for the governor to "reopen" Kentucky, which, like many states, is mostly shut down due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

  The Kentucky General Assembly overrode several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s vetoes, passed a constitutional amendment and advanced several other bills on the second to last day of this year’s session.

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Gov. Andy Beshear has issued an executive order expanding disability benefits for essential workers like grocery store employees, postal workers and child care providers who are still working during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Monday, I did something on social media I probably don't do enough of. I unfriended some knucklehead on Facebook.

Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed the voter ID bill that passed out of the legislature last month.

The bill would have required Kentucky voters to show an ID before casting a ballot, or else show a social security card or credit card and sign an affidavit promising they are who they claim to be.

It would have also created a way for people to get an ID for free at their local county clerk’s office.

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