FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Governor Andy Beshear announced a phased-in approach to reopen businesses and industries, including retailers and salons starting in May.
Starting on May 11, the governor says these industries can begin to reopen:
- Dog grooming/boarding
- Horse racing (without fans)
- Professional services (50 percent)
- Vehicle or vessel dealerships
On May 20, Gov. Beshear says these services can begin to reopen:
- Houses of worships
May 25 will see the reopening of:
- Barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services
- 10 person social gatherings
In order for a business to reopen on its respective date, they must submit their reopening plan to HealthyAtWork.Ky.gov to show they can follow the 10 rules needed to open.
Here is the Healthy At Work rules for businesses :
- Continue telework where possible
- Enforce social distancing
- Phased return to work
- Limit face-to-face meetings
- Onsite temperature/health checks
- Sanitizer/hand wash stations
- Universal masks and any other necessary PPE
- Special accommodations for most vulnerable groups (employees and customers)
- Close common areas (waiting rooms, cafeterias, break rooms, etc.)
- Testing plan
Governor Beshear says if a company, business, or industry can not meet these requirements they cannot reopen.
As for restaurants, gyms, and other businesses they will have to wait.
The governor says those industries will have to wait till phase two of the reopening, which doesn’t have a timeline as of now.
Daycares, on the other hand, will have to wait longer than others to reopen.
Governor Beshear says they hope June is a possible reopening month for daycares.
180 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky were reported by the governor on Wednesday.
These latest numbers bring the state’s overall case number to 4,539.
Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, Northern Kentucky Health Department says 32 of them in Northern Kentucky counties:
- Boone County - Eight new cases, 129 total
- Campbell County - Two new cases, 86 total
- Grant County - One new case, 20 total
- Kenton County - 20 new cases, 245 total
Another 10 Kentuckians have now died from the coronavirus.
The death toll in the Blue Grass State is now at 235.
Kentucky continues to work through the March unemployment claims.
As of Wednesday’s update, 29,000 unemployment claims from March had yet to be resolved.
Governor Beshear says the holdup for a majority of these continues to be identification verification issues.
The governor says he has instructed his team to prioritize working on the March claims.