FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — Governor Andy Beshear announced enhanced COVID-19 restrictions in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout the state.
The restrictions begin Nov. 20 and will last until Dec. 13.
Small gatherings in Kentucky will be limited to two immediate households with a maximum of 8 individuals.
All restaurants and bars will be closed for indoor dining and venue capacity (weddings and funerals) will be limited to a total of 25 people. However, this does not include places of worship.
Gyms will be limited to 33% occupancy, will require masks to be worn and group classes will not be allowed. Fall sports and practices will not be held until after Dec. 13.
"None of these decisions are easy. I can tell you none of them are going to be popular," said Gov. Beshear. "Now's the time you make the decision whether we are going to let your fellow Kentuckians become sick, or die. We are going to take a stand against the third wave of this virus."
Changes are also being made in Kentucky schools. Beginning Nov. 23, all public and private schools will be conducting remote learning only for the rest of the year. Elementary schools not in the "red zone" can open beginning Dec. 7.
Beshear said he knows that many of the small businesses throughout the state are bars and restaurants, which will take a significant hit. In light of that, the state will be offering federal funding called "Team KY Food & Beverage Relief Fund."
Restaurants and bars can receive up to $10,000 and businesses with more than one location can receive a max of $20,000. It does not apply to publicly-traded companies or those that receive a majority of its revenue from a drive-thru. The governor said it's mainly for mom and pop businesses struggling to survive. Applications will be accepted online from Nov. 30, to Dec. 18.