FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – In three weeks, COVID-19 restrictions and warrants are set to end in Kentucky.
Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement last week, but Frankfurt’s top legislative leaders say it’s not fast enough.
The governor says the state’s health and economy are finally starting to improve and he’s keeping his schedule for next month.
Governor Beshear used a new clinic at Mt. Sterling Thursday to say again, clearer days are around the corner.
“Every day feels a little better because every day more and more Kentuckians are stepping up and getting vaccinated,” Governor Beshear said. “Protect themselves and the community around them.”
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“Just yesterday, Moody’s said our economy is rebounding,” Beshear said. “That’s their word, brilliantly.”
But legislative leaders say it’s not fast enough.
House Speaker David Osborne and Senate Speaker Robert Stivers signed a joint statement saying Kentucky must be fully reopened now. They say the governor following selective science will make Kentucky one of the last states to reopen and return to normalcy.
“Well, I would say Kentuckians between the ages of 12 and 15 should have the same chance of being fully immunized as these people,” Beshear said.
Senator Damon Thayer says the restrictions have lasted too long, hurting businesses and the average Kentuckian.
“And then it just lasted over a year,” Thayer said. “From one person controlling the lives of all Kentuckians.”
“Pretty much everyone is happy about this except those who have spent this pandemic criticizing and not working to help save lives,” Beshear said.
Legislative leaders say if the CDC says mask warrants and capacity limitations can be lifted for fully vaccinated people, it’s time for all restrictions to end in Kentucky.
Governor Beshear said business owners told him they wanted a runway to reopen, asking for time to adjust and increase their workforce.
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