Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has spent months telling Kentuckians how they need to help slow the spread of coronavirus. He’s ordered many businesses shuttered, restricted weddings, funerals, backyard barbecues, and he told churches they shouldn’t meet in person. But Beshear did a 180 when thousands of protesters flooded Louisville’s streets in violation of his ban on mass gatherings. Beshear said the “[protesters have] got better compliance in these demonstrations than we do just about anywhere.” Really? Even though most protesters weren’t practicing physical distancing, didn’t wear masks, and violated the ban on mass gatherings, they did better? This is a tough pill to swallow for those Kentuckians trying to abide by his orders. It’ll be an even tougher political pill for Beshear should there be a coronavirus outbreak linked to the protests.