Gov. Beshear Sets New COVID-19 Restrictions for Schools, Businesses, Gatherings

In addition to all schools throughout Kentucky returning to virtual learning as of Nov. 23, Gov. Beshear on Wednesday set new restrictions on gatherings, venues, and businesses.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 3:31 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2020 5:59 PM

During his Wednesday COVID-19 update, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced new COVID-19 restrictions for the Bluegrass State.

Gov. Beshear said that several new steps were being taken in the state's fight against COVID-19 that range from three to six weeks in duration, calling those steps "significant, surgical, targeted steps."

The governor on Wednesday announced a variety of new restrictions on social gatherings, venues, businesses, and schools, which can be seen below.

New Limitations on Private Gatherings:

  • Limited to your current household plus one other household
  • Eight or fewer people allowed to gather
  • In effect Fri, Nov. 20 at 5:00 p.m. -  Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Limits on Attendance at Venue Spaces:

  • No more than 25 people per room
  • Includes funerals and weddings
  • Doesn't apply to churches
  • In effect Fri, Nov. 20 at 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Restaurants and Bars:

  • Closed to indoor dining
  • Delivery, to-go services, and outdoor service only
  • In effect Fri, Nov. 20 at 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Gyms, Fitness Centers, and Pools:

  • Social distancing must be maintained
  • Group classes prohibited
  • 33% occupancy
  • masks required


  • All public and private schools (K - 12) Cease in-person instruction beginning Nov. 23.
  • Middle and High Schools will remain in remote instruction until Jan. 4, 2021.
  • Elementary Schools may reopen on Dec. 7 if their county is not in the Red Zone and the school follows all Health at School guidance.

While the Kentucky governor laid out those new restrictions Wednesday, he said that the new steps being taken shouldn't be seen as a shutdown.

"This is not, and there will not be a shutdown," Beshear explained. "Our economy is open."

As new positive cases of COVID-19 continue to surge both nationwide and locally, local leaders from all ends of the Tri-State have now taken increased measures in the fight against the contagious virus, with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issuing a new Executive Order imposing new restrictions on individual counties based on the level of COVID-19 spread, and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker implementing new COVID-19 restrictions statewide.

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