Gov. Beshear issues travel advisory, reduces gathering sizes

Coronavirus Watch

FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has issued a travel advisory amid the spike in COVID-19 cases in the Bluegrass state. This is different from the travel ban issued earlier this year, which is no longer in effect.

The travel advisory suggests anybody who goes to a state that has over 15% positivity rate to quarantine for 14 days after they return to Kentucky. Beshear specifically noted these states where coronavirus cases have been climbing: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Florida, Nevada and Mississippi.

“The No. 1 COVID-19 cluster cause that we’re seeing right now is travel. We know how much this is being brought back. We are asking anyone who goes to a state that has over a 15% positivity rate to quarantine for 14 days when they come back,” said Gov. Beshear. “Fifteen percent is really dangerous. We need people to change their plans because it’s a life or death matter for this commonwealth.”

The governor also announced he is reducing gatherings back to 10 people or less. He says this is because they’re seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases connected to social gatherings like barbecues. Since June 29, gatherings of up to 50 people have been allowed. The guidance, which does not apply to weddings, restaurants, retail or other public venues, went into effect Monday at 4 p.m. Central.

“We’re seeing clusters created by our backyard barbeques, our block parties, and it’s because we let our guard down. We have a lot of friends over and we know them. We figure they’re probably doing everything right,” said Gov. Beshear. “We take off our masks, we relax, we get too close, we stand around while people are grilling and we’re seeing some very difficult outcomes because of it. So much depends on us trying to stop this thing before it gets out of control.”

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

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