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Hopkins County Judge/Executive Establishes County Curfew

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As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hopkins County rises to 33, county Judge/Executive Jack Whitfield is increasing social distancing requirements by imposing a county curfew.

Whitfield signed an executive order Thursday prohibiting those under 18 from going out in public without a parent or guardian from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The order also bans groups of 10 or more from congregating in public. 

“The curfew is a result of consultation with health department officials, area health care services, local law enforcement, and others regarding the quick spread of the disease,” county officials said in a press release. 

The executive order will be enforced by local law enforcement. KRS 39A.100(2)(c) allows judge/executives increased power during states of emergency in their jurisdiction. That power includes the authority to order curfews and other extraordinary measures.

The last information on COVID-19 in Kentucky can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

Dalton York is a Morning Edition host and reporter for WKYU in Bowling Green. He is a graduate of Murray State University, where he majored in History with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. While attending Murray State, he worked as a student reporter at WKMS. A native of Marshall County, he is a proud product of his tight-knit community.
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