Kentucky High Court Saves Governor’s Covid Orders—for Now

July 17, 2020, 10:16 PM

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday stopped lower courts from blocking Gov. Andy Beshear’s coronavirus-related health orders, rescuing the rules at the eleventh hour from an impending statewide restraining order.

The unanimous ruling saves, at least for now, dozens of requirements, including restaurant occupancy limits, social distancing rules, a workers compensation expansion for those who contract Covid-19 on the job, and a statewide mask mandate. It also sets up a battle between Beshear (D) and Republicans, led by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

“Given the need for a clear and consistent statewide public health policy and recognizing that ...

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