Rand Paul warns Beshear to ‘step back’ on threat to record license plates at Easter services

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has fired back – at least on Twitter – at Gov. Andy Beshear’s decision to collect license plate numbers of in-person churchgoers in the state on Easter weekend.

Beshear has ordered houses of worship to close indoor in-person services as part of the state’s wider social distancing restrictions in force during the novel coronavirus threat. And while he did officially classify the Easter Bunny as an “essential worker” in the state earlier in the week, he stepped up his warning to churches defying his mass-gathering ban on Friday.

“We’re having to take a new action, and I hoped that we wouldn’t,” Beshear said. “It’s that any individual that’s going to participate in a mass gathering of any type that we know about this weekend we’re going to record license plates and provide it to local health departments,” Beshear said Friday. “Local health departments are going to come to your door with an order for you to be quarantined for 14 days.”

Late Friday, Paul answered back on Twitter, posting, “Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.”

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