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Beshear details when restaurants, childcare, gyms, and more will be able to reopen in Kentucky

Courtesy of Kentucky Chamber Bottom Line

The next phase of reopening Kentucky businesses will span from May 22 through June 15 and include things like restaurants at limited capacity, movie theaters and gyms, campgrounds, and childcare.

On Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Phase 2 of industry-specific reopening will start on May 22 with all businesses continuing to follow the 10 rules of healthy at work laid out by the administration and industry-specific guidelines for each.

The new tentative dates for reopening are:

  • May 22 – Restaurants, with limited 33% capacity and outdoor seating with proper social distancing
  • June 1 – Movie theaters, fitness centers
  • June 11 – Campgrounds, public and private
  • June 15 – Child care, with reduced capacity; and potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports

The Governor added that Phase 3 is coming July 1 with bars, with limitations, and gatherings up to 50 people allowed.

When businesses reopen, all individuals are required to wear masks and health checks will need to be conducted by employers to ensure employees do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Phase 1 of reopening begins Monday, May 11 and includes non-essential manufacturing, construction, dealerships, office-based businesses at 50 percent capacity, pet grooming and boarding, photography and horse racing without spectators.

The Beshear administration has released specific requirements for each of the industries included in Phase 1 dealing with social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, personal protective equipment (PPE), and training and safety. Each sector has different requirements. You can find the requirements for each specific sector on the Healthy at Work site here.



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