KY Gov. Beshear orders all ‘public facing’ businesses to close

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Gov. Beshear takes action to limit spread of COVID-19. (Image courtesy MGN Online)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) — In addition to bars and restaurants, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has ordered all businesses that engage with the public to close.

That includes businesses such as gyms and hair salons.

That order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Issued guidance on closing public-facing businesses

Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Beshear issued an executive order outlining specific steps all public-facing businesses should take regarding closures.

“By 5 p.m. on March 18, 2020, all public-facing businesses that encourage public congregation or, that by the nature of the service to the public, cannot comply with CDC guidelines concerning social distancing, shall cease all in-person operations.”

The order goes on to say, “These public-facing businesses that must close include entertainment, hospitality and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters, and sporting event facilities.”

Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced additional steps to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). (Image courtesy ky.gov)

Those businesses providing food, food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, retail, grocery and consumer goods, home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy, and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging may remain open, subject to limitations provided in prior orders, but must to the extent practicable implement Centers for Disease Control guidance, including:

  • Maintaining a distance of 6 feet between persons.
  • Ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing.
  • Ensuring that employees who are sick remain home
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Child Care
Gov. Beshear said the state is working with federal partners to continue Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) payments on behalf of qualified families during the mandatory closure period. The state will also be covering copayments typically covered by families.

Acute and Psychiatric Care Visitation
To limit the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Beshear advised all acute care facilities to discourage all visitors except for end-of-life circumstances. He also advised psychiatric facilities to restrict visitation, only allowing it if deemed medically necessary by the attending physician, administrator and the medical director.

Long Term Care Visitation
Gov. Beshear also recommended personal care homes, assisted living, senior care facilities and intermediate care facilities limit visitation only to loved ones that are receiving end-of-life care.

Adult Day Health Centers
To slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Beshear issued interim guidance to require the temporary closure of all licensed adult day care centers across the state. This emergency closure will begin on March 20.

Closure of in-person government services
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, all government offices are closed to in-person services.

To read more details about business closures, click here.

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(This story was originally published on March 18, 2020)

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