New executive order issued on cross-state travel starting for Kentuckians

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

KENTUCKY (WEHT) – New cross-state travel restrictions for Kentuckians put in place by Governor Andy Beshear are starting.

It limits the acceptable reasons for Kentuckians to go to Indiana, illinois and other neighboring states.

Thousands of vehicles use the Blue Bridge and others to go between Kentucky and Indiana. Some drivers we talked with understood why the order was done, but many also wonder how effective it will be.

They cross the state line for professional and personal reasons.

“Everyday. I go to work at Alcoa,” says Kristina Nabours of Hancock County.

“Just mainly grocery shopping and the doctor’s and pharmacy,” says Karl Schulz of Lewisport.

“I’ve got a son that lives in Vincennes. He’s scared to death. He can’t come over here,” adds Jimmie Harper of Hancock County.

The executive order issued on Monday limits acceptable reasons to go out of state to work, grocery shopping, medical reasons, to care for a family member or if required by the court. Those who travel out of state for none of those reasons must self-quarantine for 14 days when they return. Governor Beshear says he’s heard concerns from county leaders along the Kentucky-Tennessee state line about Kentuckians crossing the state line to Tennessee and returning home infected.

“I’ve been hearing about different people going to different places and getting, bringing it back home. It’s not very good,” Nabours said.

Some companies gave their employees a letter to use to explain why they’re on the road to get to work. Some Kentuckians say it can help reduce the chance of infection, others are waiting and seeing.

“I don’t think people are going to go over there as much as they was. I think it will cut down on contact,” Schulz says.

“I don’t know. It might,” Nabours adds, when asked if the order will be effective.

We’ve also gotten questions about whether Kentucky State Police or other law enforcement agencies will be watching people at the bridges, but we didn’t see any state troopers at areas we were today.

We reached out to state police in Frankfort to ask them about enforcement, but our request wasn’t returned.

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(This story was originally published on March 31, 2020)

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