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Kentucky governor suspends all charitable gaming licenses and closes bingo halls

18 March 2020

On Wednesday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced more actions he is taking to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect Kentuckians, including the suspension of all charitable gaming licenses and closing bingo halls temporarily, to protect patrons at those establishments after having previously issued new guidance on closing public-facing businesses.

e said the overriding goal of the order is to minimize in-person interaction, which is the primary means of transmission of COVID-19.

“This is our duty. This is the challenge that we face in our lifetimes,” Gov. Beshear said of people doing their part to stop the coronavirus. “None of us have seen anything like this before, but I believe we are up to it. I believe we can do this, but we can only do this when we all do it together. This is a test of the type of neighbors that we are willing to be and I know we are going to get past it.”

Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to remain calm, have faith and to continue doing their patriotic duty by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect the most vulnerable, which includes seniors and those with chronic conditions including heart, lung or kidney disease.

“We cannot lose our compassion, even when we are asking people to stay away from each other. We must continue to take care of each other,” Gov. Beshear said. “I want to encourage everyone to continue to try and spread good news and model good behavior. The way we make sure we defeat coronavirus is by being good people.”

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