FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19/AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Friday that the COVID-19 restrictions put into place by Gov. Andy Beshear will stay in effect for now.
A unanimous decision was made to stay injunctions brought by judges in Boone and Scott circuit courts that sought to block several of Beshear’s executive orders related to COVID-19.
“Our stay shall continue until the full record of proceedings below is reviewed by this court, all parties have been given the opportunity to address the orders in briefs, and this court issues a final order addressing these issues of paramount public importance to all citizens of the commonwealth,” read the court’s ruling.
In addition, the Supreme Court said two circuit courts could proceed with pandemic-related matters before them and issue “all findings of fact and conclusions of law they find appropriate.” But the high court said “no order, however characterized, shall be effective.”
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed this week to block Beshear’s previous orders, as well as any future restrictions.
The governor said during a Friday afternoon press conference that he is relieved by this decision and that, “we must put fighting the virus in front of anything personal.”
Cameron responded to the Court’s ruling in a series of tweets:
As of Friday, there are 531 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 21,605, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
Out of the total confirmed cases in Kentucky, 6,772 have recovered, health officials say.
Of the amount of current positive cases, 452 are in the hospital.
Read the full text of The Court’s ruling below: