Gov. Andy Beshear raised the stakes in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, announcing an array of new restrictions that will extend from school classrooms to bars and restaurants across the state.
Citing mounting evidence of more deaths and illness devastating all corners of Kentucky, Beshear said the latest mandates are needed because “inaction is deadly.”
“Pretending this virus isn’t real is not an option,” the governor said. “It’s time to do what it takes to finish this fight.”
The moves drew swift criticism from Republican leaders who have vowed to rein in Beshear with new legislation in early 2021 to limit the governor’s powers.