A large number of churches in Kentucky will not adhere to Gov. Andy Beshear’s request to move worship services online in response to the growing number of new COVID-19 cases.
Church leaders insist they can safely hold in-person Mass despite a large surge of coronavirus cases and deaths in Kentucky.
Occupancy will remain limited to no more than 50%, facial coverings will be required, and physical distancing protocols will be enforced.
According to a statement on the Diocese of Owensboro's website—the church leaders say they acknowledge the "difficult circumstances we face in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and appreciate Governor Andy Beshear’s efforts to promote the common good and the safety and well-being of our citizens."
Despite that, the diocese will not follow the governor’s recommendations.
Catholic schools, however, will shift to virtual-only learning to adhere to those recommendations.