Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) has now joined a federal lawsuit against an executive order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear to close schools to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Beshear, a Democrat, issued an executive order on November 18 to halt in-person learning at public and private K-12 schools across the state starting Monday (Nov. 23), CNN reports. Additional restrictions were also announced, including limits on restaurants and bars, private social gatherings, gyms and event venues. The order said that middle and high school students would participate in remote learning until at least January 4 but elementary schools would reopen on December 7 as long as they were not in a “Red Zone County.”
However, on Friday (Nov. 20) Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made an announcement that he would join Danville Christian Academy, a private Christian school, in a lawsuit against Beshear. And would argue against the governor’s order saying that the order is not only unconstitutional but it would prevent religious organizations from providing private education.
"The ability to provide and receive a private religious education is a core part of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment," Cameron said in a statement. "Religiously affiliated schools that follow recommended social-distancing guidelines should be allowed to remain open.
The lawsuit also asks for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to hold an emergency hearing before Monday in an attempt to issue a statewide temporary restraining order to hopefully prevent Gov. Beshear’s order from moving forward.
As of Sunday Morning (Nov. 22) there have been 155, 908 reported cases of COVID-19 in the state of Kentucky, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 1,780 people have died from the virus in the state.
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