Short narratives

Director: Grant Brown

Length: 9 minutes

Kentucky restaurant owners, bar owners, and brewers say Governor Andy Beshear abused his emergency powers authority by imposing a series of arbitrary and unending Covid-19 restrictions that crushed the hospitality industry. Goodwood Brewing Company CEO Ted Mitzlaff and others explain how small businesses in Kentucky and across the rest of the country have been destroyed by governors’ constantly changing orders during the pandemic. Governor Beshear’s shifting Covid-19 restrictions resulted in Kentucky businesses never being entirely sure whether they were in full compliance with the law, creating a looming threat of complete shutdown if a business accidentally violated orders, regulations, mandates, and directives they didn’t know existed. While governors can legitimately exercise their emergency powers during a crisis like Covid-19, their authority is not indefinite—and arbitrary government restrictions place a huge cost on everyday Americans

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