Although initially just a handful of people gathered outside the press briefing, the crowd soon reached nearly 100 by the time Beshear gave his televised one-hour briefing, many of them yelling "open up Kentucky!" and "open up the church!" non-stop throughout the duration of his update while a horn was occasionally sounded.
The three attendees, Theodore Roberts, Randall Daniel, and Sally O'Boyle, claimed they left the service to find notices on their car, demanding that they self-quarantine for 14 days.
About halfway through his briefing on Wednesday, Beshear acknowledged the protesters, saying "there's some noise in the background," but noted that he would not be adhering to their demands because it would ultimately lead to more fatalities.
"We do have some folks up in here in Kentucky today—and everybody should be able to express their opinion—that believe we should reopen Kentucky immediately, right now. Folks, that would kill people. That would absolutely kill people," Beshear said, according to the Courier Journal. "My job isn't to make the popular decision, but the right decision," he added, "and the decision that saves peoples' lives."
During the press conference, Beshear said 88 cases of the CCP virus have been confirmed and seven new deaths have been reported in Kentucky over the last 24 hours. As of April 16, the state has 2,291 confirmed cases of the virus while 122 deaths have been attributed to the disease, which originated in Wuhan, China, last year.