Governor Beshear Bans Overnight Stays At State Parks

Governor Andy Beshear says there are executive orders coming that will ban overnight stays at state parks and allow for the release of some criminals.

During his Thursday afternoon update, Governor Beshear says there will be no overnight stays allowed at state parks beginning Friday.


He adds another executive order will mandate anyone traveling to Kentucky and not just passing through, will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.


Additionally, Michael Brown, secretary of the executive cabinet says Governor Beshear signed an order that serves as the first step in addressing issues with the state’s inmate population. He adds the order will result in the commutation of sentences for 186 people.


Brown says all of the people will have to complete a health screening to ensure they do not have COVID-19 and must have a place to stay, as they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

He adds they have identified another group of over 700 people who are within six months of completing their sentence that may be released early to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in jails.


Governor Beshear adds he has recommended to all public schools and private school systems to remain closed to in-person classes through Friday, May 1.


Beshear adds the state had 100 more confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 11 new deaths. That brings the confirmed case number to 770 and the death toll to 31.