Earlier Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear provided Kentuckians with an update on COVID-19 and how its affecting businesses across the state. Now, the order closing all non-essential retail stores has been officially released, and it clarifies many of the questions some Kentuckians had following Gov. Beshear’s address.
The order says all in-person businesses that are not life-sustaining will be ordered to close Monday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Businesses that are excluded from the closures include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations, building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, and other businesses that provide staple goods. Grocery stores also include supermarkets, liquor stores, specialty food stores, and meat, seafood, fruit and vegetable markets. Other businesses that can remain open include automative parts, repair, accessories and tire stores, pet and pet supply stores, and car and van rental services.
All of the listed businesses may remain open, they must practice social distancing and hygiene guidance provided by the CDC and Kentucky Department of Health. Failure to do so could result in mandatory closure of the business.
The new order does directly impact businesses including car dealerships, furniture and home furnishing stores, electronic stores, clothing, shoes, and jewelry stores, department stores, florists, office supplies stores, gift shops, and used merchandise stores. Such stores must be closed by Monday at 8 p.m.
Here’s a look at the complete order.
These closings come on the same day that Kentucky’s total surpassed 100 confirmed cases; the Bluegrass now has 103 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, as of Gov. Beshear’s 5 p.m. press conference on Sunday.