There’s good news for horse racing fans. Kentucky governor Andy Beshear has announced the sport will return to action without fans on Monday, May 11.
More specifically, Churchill Downs will be able to begin accepting horses and backside workers on that day. He added track employees will undergo temperature checks and masks will be mandatory. The first race date after that is Thursday, May 14.
Along with the racing news, Gov. Beshear also set several dates for the reopening of Kentucky throughout the month of May.
Governor Beshear releases timetable to reopen certain businesses in Kentucky.
May 11: Horse Racing (no fans), Construction, Manufacturing, Car/Boat Dealerships, Professional Services, Pet Grooming/Boarding
May 20: Retail, Churches
May 25: Salons, Social Gatherings (up to 10 ) pic.twitter.com/lhZOdLm6Ab
— Jennifer Palumbo (@JenNimePalumbo) April 29, 2020
He announced all manufacturing, construction, professional services and auto dealerships can open in Kentucky on Monday, May 11. Churches and Retail stores will reopen at reduced capacity on Wednesday, May 20. Barber shops and hair and nail salons can reopen on Monday, May 25, and gatherings of no more than 10 people will also be allowed beginning on that day.
Beshear says he hopes to have the recommendations finalized by next Monday in order to give Kentuckians a week to get ready for the changes.
In the mean time, restaurants will remain take-out only throughout May, as owners do not believe it is economically feasible to open dining rooms at severely-reduced capacity. Daycares will remain closed this month and will not be included in “phase one” of the reopening process. Gov. Beshear says the state is looking at “hopefully a June solution” for those businesses. Beshear added he hopes to be able to reopen movie theaters, gyms and youth sports later this summer, but no date has been set at this time.
I agree on the Restaurant decision. Opening at 25% capacity simply wouldn’t work for @KSBarAndGrille
Needs to be at least 50% or more to really make it economically feasible long term
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 29, 2020
The governor also provided an update on the outbreak in Kentucky. As of his Wednesday briefing, there were 184 new confirmed cases in the state. In total, 54,101 Kentuckians have been tested and 1,668 have recovered from the virus. There are currently at least 325 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and 176 in ICUs.