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Kentucky Lawmakers Pass Bills Limiting Gov’s Authority on Pandemic Restrictions

In a stinging rebuke of the Democratic governor’s response to COVID-19, Republican lawmakers on Saturday gave final passage to bills limiting his emergency powers to impose restrictions meant to contain the coronavirus. After months of fuming from the sidelines as …

North Carolina Restaurant Owners, Workers Clash Over COVID Safety

Restaurant owners, who have seen their capacity and hours limited by government entities, are struggling to keep the doors open, while their staff, often in a very public-facing position, try to stay both employed and healthy. The tension in the …

Alabama Eases Licensing Rules for Out-of-State Doctors as Virus Surges

Regulators have loosened rules to make it easier for out-of-state doctors to work in Alabama as the coronavirus pandemic both fills hospital beds and strains medical staff by sickening doctors and nurses, officials said Monday as the first doses of …

Kentucky Begins Easing Virus Restrictions on Businesses

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that the state’s restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses will be able to return to their previous capacity limits starting Monday, Dec. 14. “When we talk about COVID being a fast moving train, it …

Florida Nursing Homes Will Be First to Receive COVID Vaccine

Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be the first to get a coronavirus vaccine when Florida begins receiving it later this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis said. DeSantis’ priorities, announced in in a video last week, largely reflect the …

Tennessee Lawmakers Explore Limiting Executive Authority During Health Crises

Tennessee lawmakers who have often been critical of government restrictions to curb COVID-19’s spread are suggesting ways to give themselves the power to limit or overturn emergency orders from the governor during future health crises. Amid the worsening pandemic, a …

Mississippi Gov Adds 13 Counties to Mask Mandate in Lieu of Statewide Order

Gov. Tate Reeves instituted mask mandates in 13 more Mississippi counties Tuesday but chose not to implement the measure statewide, a week after several prominent health care leaders called on him to do so. During a press briefing, the Republican …

Kentucky Aims to Slow Virus Spread with New Restrictions on Restaurants, Events

Bidding to slow surging coronavirus cases and deaths in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced new restrictions Tuesday on in-person gatherings at restaurants, schools and event venues. “I don’t take this lightly – I know this will cause some more harm …

Kentucky High Court Says Governor Can Restrict Businesses in Virus Fight

Kentucky’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the governor’s authority to issue coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and individuals to try to contain the spread of COVID-19. The ruling delivered a victory for Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear in a legal fight with …

North Carolina Continues on Reopening Path Despite Rising Virus Numbers

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that the state will keep its reopening guidelines in place for three more weeks, at a time when key coronavirus metrics worsen. Since Cooper increased mass indoor and outdoor gathering limits and …