Some Kentucky businesses reopen for 1st phase of Healthy at Work

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Today was the first day back open for some Kentucky businesses in more than a month. They reopened as part of the state’s first phase of “Healthy at Work.”

It’s the first time dogs have been groomed at Brackin’s Pet Grooming in Owensboro in more than a month.

“We have a number of clients that have standing appointments. They just wanted to know when they could come back,” said Gayle Leibfried, who runs Brackin’s. She also says they’re limiting the number of clients inside her business, has workers wearing masks and space out appointments as part of their social distancing guidelines.

“Usually, there’s only myself and my other groomer in the shop. There’s the two of us. So really, after the people bring their dogs in, we’re in there by ourselves,” Leibfried says.

Car dealerships, construction sites and manufacturers are also allowed to reopen for the state’s Healthy at Work first phase. Professional services can open at half capacity and horse racing can resume without fans. Owensboro Health restarted outpatient surgery. President and C.E.O. Greg Strahan says future resumptions of more services will depend on if more surges happen in the future.

“If that number begins to rise, or if we get a conversation which I have with our other C.E.O.s, as I talk to them, if they’re seeing a surge or if there’s more activity, we’ll step back and reevaluate our options and what we do,” he said.

Leibfried says she’s not worried yet about her business closing again soon if case numbers keep rising.

“I think as long as everybody goes by that, we’re going to be alright,” she says.

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(This story was originally published on May 11, 2020)

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