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Beshear issues new restrictions as Ky. COVID-19 cases, deaths surge

Beshear issues new restrictions as Ky. COVID-19 cases, deaths surge

 Bidding to slow surging coronavirus cases and deaths in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced new restrictions Tuesday on in-person gatherings at restaurants, schools and event venues.

“I don’t take this lightly— I know this will cause some more harm out there,” the Democratic governor said in a emotional appeal to the state’s residents to help curb the onslaught of cases. “We cannot continue to let this third wave devastate our families.

Starting Friday, Nov. 20,. and continuing through Dec. 13, private indoor gatherings will be to limited to two households, with a maximum of eight people.

While bars and restaurants will no longer be open to indoor service starting Friday, they are allowed to continue curb-side pick-up, delivery, and outdoor dining. Beshear also announced that the state has set aside $40 million in CARES Act funding for bars and restaurants impacted by the new restrictions.

Event venue spaces will be limited to 25 people. Gym capacity will be lowered to 33% and group classes, while team practices and competitions are prohibited. Masks must be worn at all times.

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