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Kentucky Governor announces new steps to contain COVID-19

Gov. Andy Beshear announced new actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky including closing childcare centers, a driver's license extension and many others

FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Monday evening, Governor Andy Beshear announced new steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout Kentucky. 

These are the following changes that will take place this week (March 16- 20):

Childcare centers to close by Friday 

All childcare centers, with the exception of health care workers and some on-site employers, will close by Friday, March 20, according to a release. 

“I know it’s going to be hard, but it’s all necessary. I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t believe that we had to do it,” Gov. Beshear said. “But we will make it.”

Three-month extension on driver’s licenses 

Gov. Beshear stated this will help drivers who have an expiring license in the coming lease, providing Kentucky driver with a 3-month extension. 

In-person government services to close Tuesday

By 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in-person government services will close. 

May Primary Election to be postponed

Gov. Beshear said he agreed with Secretary of State Michael Adams’s recommendation to postpone the state’s Primary Election, which would have been held in May, to Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 

Additionally, Gov. Beshear announced earlier Monday that food and beverage sales are restricted to carry-out, deliver and drive-thru only. 

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"We’re going to be dealing with this for some time. I cannot tell you how long, but I need everybody to be a good citizen – to remember that this is Team Kentucky. This is us against the coronavirus,” Gov. Beshear said. 

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