Kentucky Government Plans to Force Quarantines for Those Attending Big Easter Services


Anyone who attends a large, in-person Easter service over the weekend in Kentucky will be forced to quarantine for 14 days, according to a new executive order from Gov. Andy Beshear.

In a statement made on Good Friday, the Democratic governor said that the Kentucky State Police will record the license plate numbers of vehicles seen at in-person gatherings and local health officials will contact the owners and require them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“This is the only way we can ensure that your decision doesn’t kill someone else,” he said.

Officials reportedly know of only six churches in the commonwealth planning to hold in-person Easter services. The order does not affect attendees at drive-up services.

“This is a time and weekend, a whole week for multiple faiths, that is about faith. It’s about knowing we have faced as people — as Christians, as Jews, as members of many faiths — many difficult, dark times, and we have prevailed,” Beshear said.

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“We know that the weeks or the months ahead will be difficult. We know that there are going to be tougher days before there are easier days. But we also know because we have faith that we are going to get through this and we are going to get through it together. We are going to pass this test of humanity.”

The executive order applies to large gatherings of any kind and people who attend will receive a misdemeanor citation, according to WXIX-TV.

“Even on weekends like this, we cannot have in-person gatherings of any type,” Beshear said.

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As of Friday evening, there are at least 1,693 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, according to the governor’s statement.

Beshear’s order received criticism from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

“Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday?” Paul tweeted. “Someone needs to take a step back here.”

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie tweeted the same article as Paul with the comment, “What the actual hell?”

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“The same week Jews celebrate freedom from bondage and Christians celebrate freedom from death, Governor Beshear is going to be in your church parking lot scanning your license plate,” he tweeted.

Church leaders and congregations across the country have faced similar persecution from local governments.

Members of the Temple Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, were even issued $500 tickets for attending a drive-up service in the church parking lot where people remained inside their cars with the windows rolled up.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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