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Governor Beshear thinks sports with fans this fall is a “real possibility”

Whether or not there will be sports this fall is a question on all of our minds, and this morning, Governor Andy Beshear gave us a glimmer of hope. During a surprise call to Kentucky Sports Radio, Beshear said he believes that if everyone wears a mask and practices social distancing, sports — including a limited number of fans in the stands — are possible this fall.

“I truly believe there is a real possibility and that possibility depends on all of us doing our part. If we all woke up tomorrow and said, for the next month we’re staying six feet away from everybody but the people in our family, we are going to wear a mask everywhere we go, we’re going to wash our hands like we need to, we’re going to be as good as we can about doing the things we know can beat the virus, then yes, I think we could be in a position to not only start those sports but to have at least some folks there in the stands to watch. It is certainly possible.”

Beshear said the first priority is the health and well-being of student athletes, which will require testing and safety protocols. He also cited the Louisville City FC game at Lynn Family Stadium last Sunday as proof limited crowds at sporting events can work. Thirty percent of the stadium’s capacity was open for fans, who were required to wear masks and maintain six feet or more of distance between family seating pods.

“We just held a major league soccer game where they did a really good job, so it is possible but it’s going to have to be when our cases are either stable or going down and that’s why especially this mask requirement is so important. The surgeon general said the other day, and remember, this is a surgeon general appointed by the President and supported by the President, that if 90% of people in the United States would wear a mask, in two weeks we could be seeing something totally different and much more safer.”

What about high school football? Beshear said that because public school systems across the state don’t have the same resources as college and professional programs, containing outbreaks is more difficult, but he’s not giving up hope yet.

“We’ve seen at least one outbreak at a weight room at a school,” Beshear said, referring to the nine student athletes and coach that tested positive at Hazard Independent High School last week. “The gyms don’t get the same type of cleaning and never will as the professional organizations that are out there. KHSAA I know is looking at it very close right now. It is concerning we’ve had multiple different high school sports teams in Lexington and Eastern Kentucky and elsewhere have positive tests. We’ve just got to watch it very closely. One thing we’ve got to look at is, what’s the possibility of altering the schedule so it can be safe as it can be? Again we want to put everybody’s health first but again, we know what it takes to defeat this virus. Are we willing to do it?”

Listen to the rest of Beshear’s call — including his fiery response to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s motion to block all of his past and future executive orders on COVID-19 — below.


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15 Comments for Governor Beshear thinks sports with fans this fall is a “real possibility”

  1. Lip Man 1
    1:04 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    But as we see every single day, people refuse to wear masks, refuse to social distance and refuse to follow simple basic requests for some bizarre reason.

    • wolfmans uncle
      4:16 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      But as we see every single day, democrat governors and mayors refuse to arrest the thugs tearing down statues, destroying private and public property, and terrorizing people that disagree with them for some bizarre reason.

    • madarchitect
      4:41 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not sure what tearing down statues has to do with fall sports and wearing a mask to limit the spread of COVID-19 so that fall sports can occur more safely. Is this an attempt at deflection?

    • Ned T.
      9:33 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

      As we see everyday, the CDC and Dr. Fauci have been wildly wrong in their predictions and have falsified data. As we see everyday, death rates are falling and the number of positives has been fraudulently inflated. As we see everyday, the average age of a CV death is 78+ and young people have a zero percent chance of dying. As we see everyday, over 50% people with CV experience no symptoms, and another 25% have light symptoms.

      As we see everyday, democrat governors and mayors allow riotors and antifa to congregate while closing down churches. As we see everyday, democrat governors and mayors have weaponized health departments to shut down private businesss—while they continue to collect their government checks. As we see everday, the CV scamdemic, BLM, antifa, impeachment, Russian hoax, George Soros, democrats, and main strema media conspire to try to hurt Trump. And, they are willing to destroy the lives of working Americans to do it.

      As I see it, Churchill fought the Germans, and Trump is fighting leftists to save his great country. As I see it, democrtats are the enemy of freedom and must be stopped.

  2. lizard king
    1:30 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Can we still tear down statues and burn cop cars and riot and loot with mask on.

    • rlee7932
      2:25 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
      President John F Kennedy

  3. Gazza
    5:23 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    This Governor is an idiot! He approves of Riots/protest, but is against people going back to work. Mask are good idea, but too many people don’t have a mask that does anything. Like a chain link fence stopping a mosquito. Next is the cross contamination. Lastly if you have a family member over the age of 70…. keep them safe and away from everyone!

  4. Tej
    6:44 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    I missed hearing the Governor say “ II approve of riots and people can’t go back to work”. Is that true or do I’d you hear it on Fox News?

  5. Gazza
    9:33 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Tej he just cleared in person meetings for sales people Wednesday. You may still be drinking the MSDNC and ClintonNewsNetwork koolaid. Boy Governor is wondering why there is a budget shortfall. You must have seen that on the TV at the strip club last week.

  6. Tej
    10:27 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Governors of Texas, Florida, and Arizona decided to try to please The Donald rather than heeding the advice of medical experts. That hasn’t worked so well and now their citizens face possible second lockdowns. I saw it on tv this week at the strip club.

    • Ned T.
      9:38 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

      The medical “experts” are political operatives posing as neutrals. I looked up nearly every one of these “experts.” Not ONE of your “experts” contributed to a republican candidate (according to FEC), and at least half of them contributed to anti-Trump groups. Right. Unbiased medical advice. Right.

      Your “experts” have been wildly wrong in their predictions, and are just another cog in the wheel to try to destroy the US economy for political gain. They are disgusting pukes posing as medical neutrals.

  7. rushman
    7:58 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

    Dandy Beshear sure enjoyed suing others when he was AG but he sure hates it when he is sued.

  8. Ned T.
    9:42 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

    I hope Kentucky residents get “woke” next election and throw out Beshear for weaponizing the health department to deprive Kentuckians of civil liberties. Tyrannical leftist mayors and governors are exactly while the US Revolution happened.

    This is no joke. We are bordering on chaos if this government tyranny and its endorsement of marxism is not stopped.

  9. big cat
    12:24 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    Andy BeFeer is weak and confused. He just now decided to come out from under his bed and he suddenly realized that SOMEONE (he) destroyed our economy with draconian dictatorial unlawful restrictions on families, businesses, churches, schools, universities, etc. He just punched his ticket to getting beat in the next election. I’ll say it again, ALL LIVES MATTER, ANDY…..including the aborted babies that you allow to happen.

  10. Trekkev
    2:08 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    As we see everyday, ya’ll are a bunch of paranoid Q wackos.