UPDATED 11:25 AM PT — Saturday, May 9, 2020
A federal court has granted a temporary restraining order in Kentucky, which will allow in-person church services to resume in the state. The Friday ruling prevented Governor Andy Beshear’s administration from enforcing the ban on mass gatherings, including in-person church services that followed CDC guidelines.
Beshear previously announced that church congregations could return to their places of worship beginning May 20th, but cautioned against returning before they were prepared.
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) May 8, 2020
“Just because you can on May 20th doesn’t mean that you’re ready, have all the materials to make it safe, or that you’ve had time to communicate with your congregation, especially about the safety of the most vulnerable population,” stated the governor.
This came after a federal appeals court cleared the way last week for churches to hold drive-in services.
Beshear’s office has not yet issued a statement regarding the order.