Even small family gatherings at Easter not allowed, governor says


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Holy Week and Easter Sunday are typically times when families come together.

But this is a whole new time.

Gov. Andy Beshear said at his Monday press conference that even small gatherings of people staying six feet apart outside are not allowed in these days of the coronavirus because of how easily the disease can spread from person to person.

"The answer to that, folks, and it's a hard one, has to be no," he said. "We're trying to make sure that we are not increasing contacts, even from six feet away. We have direct proof that any crowd, anywhere can spread this virus and ultimately cause harm to Kentuckians."

It’s simply not worth the risk, the governor said, noting, “We have direct proof that any crowd anywhere can spread this virus and ultimately cause harm to Kentuckians.”

Exceptions cannot be made for Easter or any other time, he said. House parties, he said, are an area where Kentuckians need to improve generally.

“Sure, it's smaller than a large gathering, and yes, I know you want your kids to be able to play with other kids, I desperately do, but we cannot be having house parties," Beshear said. "Social distancing is about making sure when you come across somebody, that you are at a sufficient distance not to spread the coronavirus. But it can't be an excuse or a crutch, and I know that's a hard way of saying it when we are talking about Easter, wanting to get together, but it can't be a reason that we don't stay at home."

Many Kentucky Baptist churches will be having Easter services online through YouTube and Facebook platforms. Some churches will be doing drive-in services, but Beshear said those can only be done by following the proper guidelines that include staying in the car and not passing anything from car to car.

Hopkins and Jefferson counties are not allowing drive-in church services.


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