More businesses, services get reopening dates from Gov. Beshear

Gov. Beshear gives update on Kentucky's COVID-19 response

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - More businesses and services got their reopening dates from Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday.

Starting on June 8, these businesses and services will be allowed to reopen:

  • Aquariums
  • Distilleries
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Outdoor attractions

The five listed above will have limitations and requirements for reopening like the rest of the industries that have reopened or will be open later.

Gov. Beshear says places opening on June 8 will need to limit capacity to 33% and touring groups cannot be more than 10 people.

For upcoming summer camps, the governor says they will be allowed to start as well.

However, camps, including sports camps, will have to meet the same reopening requirements as childcare facilities.

For Kentucky retailers reopening Wednesday, the governor “strongly” encourages customers only to bring one person per household inside.

Memorial Day Weekend is just a few days away and will be the first days Kentucky can increase gatherings up to 10 people.

The Kentucky Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack recommends these guidelines for holiday gatherings with at least 10 people:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Continue social distancing - remain six-feet apart from others not in your immediate family.
  • Do not share food, drinks, containers, plates, napkins or utensils.
  • Hold the gatherings outside whenever possible.
  • Wash hands frequently before, during and after the gatherings.
  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering.

“It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and I know that many of us desperately crave the company of our friends and family,” Dr. Stack said. “But I urge and I ask that everybody please follow these steps so that we can stay safe together and not have any of the serious consequences that none of us want.”


Coronavirus cases, deaths, tests

On Tuesday, Kentucky surpassed 8,000 total coronavirus cases.

Gov. Beshear announced an additional 164 cases, which brings the total number to 8,069.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department reports 15 more coronavirus cases in the area.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown of cases in Northern Kentucky, according to NKY Health:

  • Boone County - 355 cases
  • Campbell County - 129 cases
  • Grant County - 33 cases
  • Kenton County - 450 cases

Tuesday’s report from NKY Health includes two more deaths in the area.

Those deaths were a Boone County resident in their 70s and a Campbell County resident also in their 70s.

The overall death toll in Kentucky for Tuesday was 20, according to the governor.

Kentucky has tested at least 153,800 people for the coronavirus.

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