Phased Re-Opening and New COVID-19 Cases in KY Discussed on Wednesday

One of the big headlines coming out of Governor Andy Beshear’s press conference on Wednesday was the announcement of openings that can take place under the first phase of re-opening in Kentucky.

The phase will begin on May 11th and will start with…

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Vehicle or vessel dealerships
  • Profession services at 50%
  • Horse racing with no fans
  • Dog grooming/boarding

On May 20th

  • Retail
  • Houses of worship

Then on May 25th

  • Ten person social gatherings
  • Barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses, and similar services

Phase 2 will include restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, campgrounds, and some youth sports. Public pools will not be a part of Phase 1 or Phase 2. Summer camps and day cares are also not in phase 1.

The guidelines for these places that can reopen are…

  • The continuation of telework where possible
  • Phased return to work
  • Onsite temperature/health checks
  • Universal masks and other necessary PPE
  • Close common areas
  • Enforce social distancing
  • Limit face-to-face meetings
  • Sanitizer/hand wash stations
  • Special accommodations
  • Testing plan

The Governor also gave an update on new cases and the numbers of tests, hospitalizations, and recoveries from COVID-19…

Ten additional deaths were also reported by Beshear on Wednesday bringing the death toll to 235.

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