Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) has announced any individual that’s going to participate in a mass gathering of any type state knows about this Easter, they will record license plates, give to health departments and health departments are going to come to door to door to order quarantine for 14 days.
Gov Beshear: Any individual that's going to participate in a mass gathering of any type state knows about, they will record license plates, give to health depts, health departments are going to come to your door and order you quarantine for 14 days.
— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) April 10, 2020
Fox News reports Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Kentucky’s Gov. Andy Beshear to “take a step back” on Friday after the governor warned residents that they would be forced to self-quarantine for 14 days if they attended an in-person Easter church service — due to the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.
“Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here,” he tweeted.
Beshear, a Democrat, announced this week that people seen taking part in mass gatherings — including in-person church services — would have license plate numbers taken, which would in turn be given to local health departments — who would force the offender to go into quarantine.
“I think we’re down to seven churches statewide that are thinking about having an in-person service,” Beshear told reporters. The governor has warned that churches should switch to virtual or drive-in services to accommodate worshippers while protecting public health.
It comes before Easter Sunday, one of the busiest and most important days in the Christian calendar — but one where worship has been severely restricted due to the coronavirus crisis. While a number of churches have imposed restrictions on their own, states across the country have gone on to impose limits on churches that have carried on with in-person services.
“I hear people say, ‘It’s my choice,'” Beshear, who serves as a deacon in his local church, said. “Well, it’s not the person next to you’s choice … This is the only way that we can ensure that your decision doesn’t kill somebody else, that your decision doesn’t spread the coronavirus in your county and in your community.”