Hopkins County gradually opening more places

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) People in Hopkins county, the hardest hit county in the Tri-State, are able to do a few more actives.

It happens as some health care offices and businesses resume as part of Kentucky’s first reopening phase.

“It’s just great to be out there,” says Junior Holt of Hopkins County. He hasn’t been on the links at Madisonville City Park Golf Course since it closed a little more than a month ago. But he was glad to be back driving and putting.

“Everybody is enjoying it,” he said, referring to golfers on the course today. “We try to keep our distance. We are still worried about it. Me, I’m not as mad as someone. I guess it’s my age. I just like to get out.”

Golf courses were one of several places allowed to reopen today or this weekend. Disc golf and tennis courts also reopened, and drive-in church services will be allowed this weekend, all with certain restrictions. Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton says many allowed to reopen were outdoor activities recommended by health officials to resume business. The county’s seeing recovery numbers growing.

Another place opening up this weekend is the Hopkins County Farmers Market. Managers say they have several new rules in place, including encouraging shoppers to shop with their eyes, instead of their hands.

“We’re asking people shop with their eyes and not touch produce. We’ll also be bagging all the produce and we’re not going to have table full of tomatoes. We’ll have things in bags,” says Manager Bunny Wickham. She adds vendors will be on one side of the pavilion at Mahr Park, and there will be one-way traffic.

“We reached out to the health department, the Hopkins County Health Department, to make sure they had guidelines and suggestions for us. They did. We also have the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, they sent out a list of suggestions they suggested,” Wickham said.

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(This story was originally published on May 1, 2020)

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