Kentucky child care centers close Friday

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) – Kentucky child care centers closed at the end of business Friday.

Governor Andy Beshear asked for the closures to happen after March 20 in a news conference on Monday.

The Governor said the closures will include an exception for healthcare workers.

Our Lady of Lourdes Day Care in Owensboro, along with many others across western Kentucky closed at the end of business today. They will stay closed until the state says they can reopen.

The decision to close them was made Monday. Some centers already closed a few days ago. Elaine Robertson of Our Lady of Lourdes Day Care says parents were already keeping their toddlers home they usually care for as many as 70, but attendance was down to about 30 today. Robertson says they’ll take the closure a week at a time, and they’ll do cleaning and other preps for whenever centers reopen.

“For the rest of next week, we’re going to do some work, organizing things, cleaning out, really deep cleaning, which you can’t do while the kids are here,” she said.

Robertson also says some parents have asked them about how long the closure will be and what to do about payments while their child is at home. She also says they’ve been using a children’s book provided to them explaining to them what the virus is and why they should wash their hands.

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(This story was originally published on March 20, 2020)

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