Hopkins Co. community reacts to curfew

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – After three deaths from COVID-19 and 33 confirmed cases, Hopkins County officials ordered a curfew for anyone under the age of 18 years of age beginning at 8 p.m. nightly.

Some restaurant workers in Madisonville say people are beginning to realize how serious the pandemic is and think the curfew was a wise choice.

“If we all start following by the curfew and doing what we’re supposed to be doing then everything can get back to normal again,” Tameka Moore, server at The Crowded House, said.

Madisonville Police say they aren’t setting up roadblocks and are not stopping cars to determine if someone 18 or younger is present but authorities say this was the sensible thing to do so people understand the seriousness of COVID-19.

There are some exceptions under the curfew, including for those who are accompanied by their parent or guardian or if they are on their way to or from work.

“I really once I leave work I go home and stay in because it was our governor and he tells us and advises us not that he is trying to tell us what to do but he is advising us to do the right thing,” Moore said.

Sheriff Matt Sanderson says this is a community efforts and everyone needs to do their part.

“We are just keeping our focus on the job obviously like we normally do and our job has changed a little bit because of this. Obviously, we’re using personal protective equipment. Everybody just needs to have some patience not just the curfew thing but the entire coronavirus issue is new for everyone. This isn’t a normal way for handling business for us and you know we are learning like everyone is and doing the best we can,” Sanderson said.

Hopkins County’s judge executive says the curfew will be enforced until the emergency is removed, and further measures may be taken in the future.

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(This story was originally published on April 2, 2020)

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