Commonwealth Policy Center

The coronavirus hasn’t claimed nearly as many lives as health experts predicted. There have been only around 250 COVID-19 related deaths in Kentucky, and most have been the very elderly or immuno-compromised. Nor have hospitals been overwhelmed, which was the reason to implement physical distancing requirements in the first place. Now, people are wondering when we can get back to work. Starting on Monday, Gov. Beshear is allowing construction, manufacturing, and some professional services to open at 50 percent capacity. He’s also allowing car and boat dealerships, horse racing without fans, and pet grooming and boarding. On May 20, he’s allowing retail businesses and in-person worship services to start again at reduced capacity. Some are questioning why manufacturing and construction are prioritized over church services. This will likely draw a lawsuit against the governor.