Beshear tightens travel restrictions in Kentucky

Travel restrictions already in place in Kentucky were tightened on Thursday.

In his daily media briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that he had issued new executive orders tightening travel restrictions in the state. Beshear’s previous orders centered upon Kentuckians being asked not to travel out of state but for a handful of reasons, including grocery shopping and seeking medical care. The orders he discussed Thursday centered upon out-of-state travelers coming into Kentucky.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during his daily media briefing on Thursday.

Beshear said his new orders would mandate that travelers from outside of Kentucky entering into the state for extended stays and not just passing through must quarantine for two weeks upon entering the state for their stay. The order is similar to orders issued in other states, including West Virginia, which is requiring a similar quarantine for non-resident travelers who enter that state.

“We have to make sure that we don’t have folks that are traveling in, staying two days and leaving because that frustrates everything that we are trying to do right now,” Beshear said.

Beshear also announced that overnight stays in Kentucky’s state parks, including at campgrounds and at lodges, will cease. He said doing so will help to prevent creating a “haven” for travelers looking to enter Kentucky.

“This is to make sure that we are all healthy at home,” Beshear said. “It’s making sure that we’re not creating opportunities for people to create a crowd and we’re not presenting a haven for those coming from other places to potentially bring their contacts.

“If somebody’s got a family member from out of state, and they want to come and ride it out with their family members, that’s fine, but once you get here, you quarantine for 14 days and you don’t go anywhere else,” Beshear said. “But we don’t have, during this period, people come in for a day or two days. It’s no different than any other state’s doing. It’s a precaution that all states ought to do, and most states are doing.”

Beshear’s orders came on the same day he announced that Kentucky had experienced its deadliest day during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Beshear said Kentucky had 100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total up to 770 cases statewide. He also said that 11 people died as a result of coronavirus between his Wednesday briefing and his Thursday briefing.

One of those 11 deaths, Beshear said, may have been a person with no pre-existing, comorbidity, but his staff was still working to confirm that information. If that information is accurate, he said, that person would be Kentucky’s first death of someone without a comorbidity.

Of the new confirmed coronavirus cases, three are staff members at a Hopkinsville’s Western State Psychiatric Hospital.

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Source: Mountain Top