Virus restrictions continue for city’s Parks and Recreation

For the second week in a row, the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department will limit activity at its indoor facilities, due to a steady local uptick in COVID-19 cases and Christian County’s continued “red” status within Kentucky’s Incidence Rate map.

The rollback has been in place since Monday, Nov. 9 and will continue indefinitely.

Open gym sessions, classes, events, rentals and gatherings at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex and Thomas Street Recreation Center will cease for at least one more week. With the guidance of the Christian County Health Department and local officials, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation will continue to evaluate these closures on a weekly basis.

The Sportsplex will still allow free walking from 8 a.m. to noon each weekday, as well as socially-distanced batting cages for baseball, softball and golf. Call 270-985-1700 to make reservations for cages, which will be limited. Masks and face coverings will be required for all visitors at all times.

Additionally, the Sportsplex is altering its hours of operation; the facility will temporarily be open 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Wednesday), 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

Outdoor facilities, such as the Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail, Hopkinsville Skatepark, Hopkinsville Dog Park and Tie Breaker Athletic Park Walking Trail, will remain open as usual, with CCHD guidelines and recommendations remaining in place. Visit HoptownRec.com for addresses and information pertaining to outdoor parks.

Transportation crews reopen 1 interstate ramp, close another

One Interstate 64 ramp in downtown Louisville has reopened and another was closed as part of an ongoing improvement project, transportation officials said.

The ramp from 9th and Market streets to I-64 East re-opened Thursday, a statement from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said. It had been closed since August.

Now, the ramp at Main and 9th streets to I-64 East will be closed to traffic until improvements are completed, the statement said. A marked detour will take motorists to a nearby ramp to the interstate, officials said.

Abuse prevention agencies receiving coronavirus relief funds

Three agencies that support prevention of abuse and domestic violence are receiving $1.4 million from Kentucky’s portion of federal coronavirus relief funds, officials said.

The advocacy programs assist people affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said in a news release. Gov. Andy Beshear said the funds will provide relief for the programs that have been financially affected through their response to the coronavirus.

The agencies are the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kentucky.

Funding will be used for expenses that resulted from the pandemic, including personal protective equipment and expenses to improve telecommunication services to clients, the release said.

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