FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced several more reopening dates for businesses Thursday as Kentucky moves forward with lifting pandemic-related restrictions.
On June 8, according to the governor, in-home childcare can return with 10 or fewer children. On June 15, center-based licensed child care programs can reopen to all families.
“Today is a day of really good news for many people. Child care is one of the areas we know is critical to reopening the economy. It is critical to parents and has been critical to our essential workers,” Cabinet for Health and Family Services Sec. Eric Friedlander said. “It’s always a balance between protecting ourselves and our families and going to back to being Healthy at Work.”
Beshear also announced bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people or fewer can reopen June 29.
Bars can also reopen June 29.
Additionally, auctions can resume June 1 and horse shows can resume June 8.
The announcements come ahead of Friday’s reopening of restaurants to outdoor seating. Kentucky’s travel ban will also be lifted Friday.
The full schedule of Kentucky’s reopenings can be found at the state’s reopening website.
Beshear announced 135 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday and more than 7,500 new tests.
The state’s 8,286 total confirmed cases on 166,240 total tests puts its positive testing rate under 5 percent for the first time, a figure that’s half what health experts consider a baseline for an effective pandemic response.
Some 475 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 92 are in the ICU.
Beshear reported 10 new deaths Thursday for a sum of 40 over the last three days and 386 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The governor repeated his claim that cases have plateaued in the commonwealth and are likely in a reduction phase. He explained the recent spike in deaths as possibly resulting from a lag in mortality data inherent to reporting.