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Beshear: Those who attended Easter service need to quarantine

Posted at 2:30 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 16:35:44-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Thousands of Kentucky churches and places of worship followed the guidelines this past weekend and canceled in-person services. However, Gov. Andy Beshear says a few did not.

"I know we have way more than 5,000 churches in Kentucky. I know we have way more," Beshear said. "We believe there were about seven that did an in-person service (Sunday)."

The governor says the people who attended those services will now need to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

"It's the only way that their decision doesn't potentially kill somebody they don't even know that did not make that decision," said Beshear.

State Police recorded license plates of those who attended to ensure that the state knows who needs to obey the quarantine order.

"We just need to know who they are to send them the letter to ask them to do the right thing," Beshear explained. "They're not being charged with anything at this time. We just have to have an address."

How will the quarantine be enforced? The governor doesn't believe drastic steps, like ankle monitors, are necessary. He's hopeful that positive peer pressure will encourage those who need to quarantine to do the right thing.

"I don't think we're going to have to have any type of ankle monitors," said Beshear. "We don't need any of that. We just need people to do the right thing. (Easter) is about doing the right thing."