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Coronavirus in Kentucky: Beshear presents phased-approach to re-opening businesses

Coronavirus in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear confirmed 184 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 4,539. He also confirmed 10 new deaths related to the virus, bringing that total to 235.

Beshear presented what he described as a general phased-in approach for businesses to open in May. He says in order to open, the businesses must be able to adhere to the 10 rules to safe re-opening. The phase one re-opening schedule includes:

  • May 11 – Non-essential manufacturing, construction, vehicle or vessel dealerships, professional services (return 50% of staff), horse racing (no-fans) and pet grooming/boarding.
  • May 20 – Retail in a reduced capacity and houses of worship (in-person services at a reduced percentage).
  • May 25 – 10-person or less social gatherings and barbers, salons, cosmetology and similar services.

Beshear says the schedule is contingent on residents being able to observe social distancing and sanitizing standards.

He said phase one will not include certain businesses including restaurants and day cares.

“I know it’s hard,” he says.

However, his administration is looking for safe solutions and will work with businesses to get them open in the future.

Beshear will present the final requirements for those businesses allowed to re-open May 11 tomorrow during his daily press conference.

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