Beshear: All businesses that cannot limit social distancing must close

Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he signed an executive order today to close some businesses that encourage public congregation.

He says by 5 p.m. tomorrow, all business that encourages public congregations and cannot include recommendations of social distancing by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in their daily operations must close.

According to a press release issued by Beshear’s office, “all public-facing businesses that encourage public congregation or, that by the nature of the service to the public, cannot comply with CDC guidelines concerning social distancing, shall cease all in-person operations.

“These public-facing businesses that must close include entertainment, hospitality and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters and sporting event facilities.”

Exceptions to this order include businesses “providing food, food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, retail, grocery and consumer goods, home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy, and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.”

However, Beshear says all business that can stay open are subject to limitations provided in prior orders and must practice CDC guidelines, including maintaining a distance of 6 feet between persons; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing; ensuring employees who are sick remain home; and regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

“For those out there trying to find an exception, if you’re not truly engaging in social distancing, if you are not taking those steps, it will force further action,” Beshear said. “Not that we want to take it, but we have to protect everybody. It’s all of our duties. Look for ways to be a part of the solution as opposed to being an exception to what we’re putting out there.”

Responding to questions, Beshear says food courts that cannot limit contact between customers must close. Only restaurants that can include social distancing and offer take out and delivery can remain open at this time.

He says he also encourages personal care homes, assisted living, senior care facilities and intermediate care facilities s to limit visits to only end of life situations. He also required the temporary closure of all licensed adult daycare centers across the state. This emergency closure will begin on March 20.

Beshear confirmed the state now has 26 COVID-19 cases.

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