Kentucky State Fair will be limited to participants only

The Kentucky State Fair will look a lot different in 2020, as Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday the annual event held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville would be limited to credentialed participants only. The World Championship Horse Show and livestock, 4-H, and FFA competitions will continue as planned without spectators.

The announcement came as Kentucky reported 516 new COVID-19 cases, with eight new deaths and an overall positivity rate of 5.51 percent statewide.

“Monday through Thursday this week saw approximately 247 fewer cases than over the same time frame last week,” Beshear said. “This is encouraging because in terms of overall numbers, we’re not only slowing, but we’re stopping a surge from happening.”

Beshear also said he likely would announce new guidelines for bars and restaurants on Monday. Restaurants will likely be able to expand from 25 to 50 percent, still with a heavy emphasis on outdoor seating. Bars can expect a seated-only rule – where everyone in the bar must have a seat and stay in it unless to go to the restroom. Service at bars and restaurants is expected to halt at 10 p.m., the governor added.

Beshear’s staff addressed an executive order allowing prescription refills remotely, which they said would be extended, and also touched on driver’s license renewals. If your driver’s license expires March 1-September 30, renew it by mail or a drop box at a county clerk branch, said Chief of Staff La Tasha Buckner. More info can be found at http://drive.ky.gov.

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