Gov. Beshear orders all non-essential retailers to close, elective medical procedures to end

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Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday that all nonessential retailers are being ordered to close, and that he is mandating all elective medical procedures end.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) -– Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday that all nonessential retailers are being ordered to close, and that he is mandating all elective medical procedures end.

The latest actions by Beshear are to help halt the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“It’s probably going to get tougher before it gets easier, but we are resilient people, and we can, and we will do this together,” Gov. Beshear said. “I fully agree with those who say this is the challenge of our generation”

Beshear said he appreciates the many local TV and radio stations that are helping to ensure more Kentuckians are hearing the best advice on how to stop the spread of the virus.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8 p.m. local time, Gov. Beshear announced that all in-person retail businesses that are not life-sustaining will close.

Life-sustaining retail businesses that will stay open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods.

You can access a full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses, here.

Entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers are among those business that will close.

Nonessential retail businesses can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.

“This is the next step that we need to take to reduce the contacts among Kentuckians until we can defeat this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. He said there is no need to rush to grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations that can remain open. “There is going to be enough of the essentials for everybody,” he said.

Retail businesses that remain open must follow, to the fullest extent practicable, social distancing and hygiene guidance from the CDC and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, and ordering sick individuals to leave.

Failure to follow the order could subject a business to closure.

Gov. Beshear said he previously recommended that all elective medical procedures cease, but said he would mandate they stop.

He said the additional action was necessary since some groups have failed to follow the order and that more restrictive actions were needed.

On March 7, Beshear issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging. On Saturday, Beshear said he has now extended the prohibitions on price gouging for 15 more days, in accordance with state laws.

If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, they should contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257.

The Governor urged Kentuckians to do their part to help stop the spread, including, not gathering in public, following social distancing.

You can read the entire press release, here.

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(This story was originally published on March 23, 2020)

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