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Governor Andy Beshear Unveils Phase 2 of Kentucky’s Reopening Plan

Kentucky is one step closer to returning to a new normal from the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday evening Governor Andy Beshear unveiled the second phase of Kentucky’s reopening plan.

Beginning May 22 restaurants will return to operating dine-in portions of their establishments at 33% capacity. They will also be able use all available outdoor seating. “I know this isn’t the capacity that our restaurants probably want, but studies that we look at show that we’ve got to be really careful about this step,” Beshear said.

Movie theaters and fitness centers will resume activities June 1, followed by campgrounds June 11 and childcare facilities June 15.

Phase 1 of Beshear’s reopening plan begins Monday as thoroughbreds and horsemen return to racetracks. All manufacturing, construction, professional services and auto dealerships can also return to work if they follow proper safety protocols. Churches and retail stores will open at reduced capacity May 20, followed by barber shops and nail salons May 25.

Phase 3 will begin some time in July. That is when bars will open to the public with no more than 50 people in attendance. Each phase of the reopening plan is subject to change as the pandemic progresses.

Prior to announcing measures to return to work, Governor Beshear announced that 11 more Kentuckians have died from COVID-19. With more than 200 additional cases, the state’s total has increased to 6,129.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

43 Comments for Governor Andy Beshear Unveils Phase 2 of Kentucky’s Reopening Plan

  1. Theymademesignup
    6:53 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    I dunno how restaurants are going from pickup only to 33% open for an extended period of time and not going bankrupt.

    • CPACAT
      6:59 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Restaurants at 33% capacity will also only be approx 35-40% staffed; personnel are their largest costs; also food inventory can be reduced as well (even limited menus). While that doesn’t cover all the rent or utilities; it can be enough to squeak by for a month or two.

    • UKCatAttack
      7:07 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      If restaurants could make money operating at 33% capacity they’d already be doing it.

    • CPACAT
      6:25 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

      They won’t be making money, they will be covering costs or only losing a little.

  2. ghilbert77
    7:03 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Andy is nothing more than a communist puppet that supports the murder of unborn children. You sit in the big chair that he does and you’re going to get called a hypocrite especially if you are one. ” I’m Andy Beshear. I’m a deacon in a church and I support the murder of innocent babies.”
    Our good Governor “Butcher”. Too much piss in your Spring Water Governor. I’m not drinking.

    • Bluehender
      7:24 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink


    • The Original WTF Guy
      7:53 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      ghilbert77, you are embarrassing yourself. And other humans, for that matter.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:35 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      ghilbert, I am as pro-life as anyone, but that approach doesn’t change any minds.

    • cats646
      10:27 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Gilbert is right though. How can you be a Christian and support abortion? You can’t. There is no arguing that abortion isn’t murder because you are literally ending a unique set of genes, dna etc. that will form into a human. It’s ending a life no matter how you look at it.

  3. Not Dan Issel
    7:08 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Andy has no concept of what it takes to run a private business. He’s lived a life of privilege and has no clue of what life is like for the average working person. Of course, in this day and age, democrats don’t much care about working people.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:28 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Wake up! Neither do republicans, one is no better than the other.

    • tdub
      8:48 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed 4 ever. Not much to pick from anymore.

    • Han
      7:38 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Democrats hate working people! They live lives of privilege!

      All hail everyman pauper Donald Trump, who brought himself up by his bootstraps with small loans from his daddy totally $400 million! All hail millionaire Mitch McConnell who thinks his job is just to blame Democrats for everything and not actually create any policies or laws to benefit the people! All hail Rand Paul, whose political career exists because of daddy’s name and who uses his career as an eye doctor to lie about how health insurance works in the name of Capitalism!

      Republicans give you “tax cuts” that don’t help you, while hiding exponentially bigger tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires that cripple our federal budget, and then the answer is to cut social security, but it’s ok because your company will take care of you, right? Especially after Republicans cut the regulations requiring them to treat you like a human. They totally won’t keep sending jobs overseas like they’ve continued to do despite all of Trumps promises and the control of all three branches of government his party had for two years.

      But better keep voting for those totally not elitist, not corporate lapdog, not fake Christian Republicans because they scare uneducated people with boogeymen like abortion, immigration, gun control and gay marriage while destroying the planet and robbing the lower and middle classes and blaming government.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:39 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Han, all 4 of those “boogeymen” you mentioned are real issues the left is ramming down our throats…except it’s ILLEGAL and UNFETTERED immigration they are for.

    • cats646
      10:24 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      I find it funny that Han thinks Trumps daddy gave him 400 million. It was actually closer to 2 million, and if you knew anything about business, you’d know that’s a very small loan. Run along now, fussy times over. Us Americans have work to do.

    • cats646
      10:29 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Honestly Han I’ve decided you’re not mentally “there”. I’ll argue with you no further. Lol

  4. peaches76
    7:25 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    So people are going back to work…but no child care. Makes perfect sense. But of course not all of us have a chef and maids…and apparently a hair stylist…to keep us healthy at home.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:30 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      But thank god the thoroughbreds and horsemen can get back to work, that’s really important.

    • Han
      7:42 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Children don’t understand social distancing.

      What’s your better suggestion? The only answer you ever see is “herd immunity” but you ever notice how the people recommending it aren’t doctors? Hmm…

    • The Original WTF Guy
      7:54 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Really? I though most Kentuckians were Republicans.

  5. BluKudzu
    7:48 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Life is what you make it. Too bad those lacking education have neither the desire or the ability to make things better for them and others. They cry all day that the world treats them unfairly. On line twitter muscles is all they have.
    They choose to complain about a man trying to save lives. Unlike the president that signs executive orders that dforce people to die while working to butcher pigs.

    They are republicans, they can’t spell it, but oh do they think their evangelical right wing is without hypocrisy. B?tch about abortion, but sacrifice lives, by following the idiot cheeto as president. Over 70,000 thousand thus far, and thousands more to die because the Republicans were too stupid to listen to their intel or their workers in the foreign service.

    Please be sure to follow the commands of your republican president……inject disinfectant. Do the world a favor by showing your loyalty to the idiot who has put your great grandchildren in multiple trillion dollar tax debt, killed over 70,000 Americans, and decimated trillions of dollars in the investment and savings of millions of Americans, while single handidly destroyed the greatest economy the world has ever known.

    Make a game out of it. Every time Trump lies take a shot. Over 17000 in 3 + years….you got this. Watch Fox and grab some Lysol.

    Please whoever left the idiot bag open, don’t do it again….the republicans are getting out, and they are more dangerous than Covid19.

    • Not Dan Issel
      7:57 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      BluKudZu, you are a perfect example of the elitist left that thinks working people are fools, and that YOU know better how they should live their lives. I’ve got news for you buddy, WRONG. We are still a free country for now (despite the democrat’s best efforts) and the will of the people will not be denied. I can’t believe that anyone who believes in freedom and the USA could possibly support the current democrat agenda.

    • DelrayCat
      9:15 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      I find it funny how Cons throw around the term elitist like it is some sort of derogatory slur. Sure it embodies a smugness or arrogance, but it also infers education and success. I find it interesting the ONLY demographic Trump is above water is with white non-college educated men. Everyone else knows he is nothing but a petty narcissistic two-bit reality TV show con man in way too far over his head while tens of thousands die on his watch…all while he and his grifting family, and their rich republican friends get even richer at tax payer expense….while everyone else get poorer. These trillions of dollars they are throwing around will be the biggest scam of all time.

    • cats646
      10:20 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      Lol. BluKudzu you’re a fuking moron brother. How do you not realize that most of us republicans are the ones running businesses and paying for the democrats food stamps?? Your stupidity also shines by you thinking Trump actually suggested to inject disinfectants. He said “SOMETHING LIKE disinfectants”. But we all know how you pu$$y democrats hate facts and love to twist words. You say he destroyed the greatest economy we’ve ever had yet it’s the opposite. He created that economy. It was your fear mongering Democrats who created all of this chaos by marking every dead body found with antibodies in it down as Covid. Running the numbers up and saying we must stay inside to survive. Let’s look at what happened shall we?? Trump was lied to by China about Covid. The WHO told him that it couldn’t spread from human to human. When he found out it could what did he do? Immediately put a travel ban on China. But you freaks called him racist for it and sided with sleepy Joe telling Trump to quit being so paranoid. Then Trump asked for 8billion dollars to be took out of the Ebola fund for immediate action against Covid. Pelosi told him that was stealing. Lol. Then those “idiot” republicans came up with a bill to give funding for Covid. What did pelosi do?? She said no again and tried to put funding for abortion and climate change in the bill. So while Trump was taking action, the democrats destroyed our economy, lied to us about Covid, spread panic, and ticked off all true Americans by going against the constitution and taking away our rights. What was Beshear saying at the beginning? “Give us 2 weeks so our hospitals don’t become overrun”? It’s been 2 FUKING MONTHS!!! And all that democratic prick has done is say, “we’ll get through this”. All over a mild flu?!?!!!!! I for one am done listening to him. I’ll fend for myself. And I really truly hope we cross paths someday while your spewing off that same BS you just typed so I can personally shove those words back down your throaght. Have a good one b!tch. Hope you don’t get Covid.

    • cats646
      10:22 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      And delray, you’re wrong. About literally everything. I have been able to give everyone of my employees raises since Trump has been in office do to his tax/regulation cuts. Run along now, the adults are trying to work.

    • Saul T. Nuts
      3:19 pm May 8, 2020 Permalink

      Blu, Delray, and Han obviously have never run a business or had employees. Their lack of perspective is clear with every statement that they make.

  6. The Original WTF Guy
    7:51 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Can we agree that the next person who uses the term “new normal” will be forced to attend all home U6 football and basketball games this season.

  7. T-Rox
    8:22 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Surely the dates are wrong for opening theaters & gyms on June 1st and then opening campgrounds June 11th. That’s got to be backwards, because that makes absolutely no sense, and I think we can all agree on that, Democrat or republican, liberal or conservative! Seems like state parks & campgrounds would be opened before restaurants even go to 33%, but I know, I’m using a little to much common sense

    • cats646
      10:04 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      I thought Beshear was handling this great at first. But now it’s ridiculous. They preached about shutting down for two weeks to let them prepare so hospitals won’t be overrun. Well here we are 2 MONTHS later with empty hospitals and Beshear keeps saying “we’re gonna get through this”?!!? This is America. Fuk letting them tell us we can’t open our businesses up and make money because of a mild flu!! I’m goin to work!!!!!!! If you don’t want me to, send Beshear to stop me!! Go Cats, and GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. jaws2
    9:26 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Please Han PLEASE educate yourself on the way Congress works. Did you EVER have a basic Civics course in school? You continually spew the party line ‘the Republicans had control of the three branches of government!” Damnit man, having 51 seats in the Senate ONLY gives you a majority of pure numbers. You can’t get ANYTHING done in the Senate with 51 votes unless it’s judges! And THAT my friend is only because the jackass commie Harry Reid approved the ‘nuclear’ option to get it done while he led the Senate! He was warned by Mr McConnel that if he did it that the Dems would come to regret it. Well, they regret it!
    You come on here and spew the same crap every post. I’d like for you and any other leftist to come on here and tell us SPECIFICALLY what President Trump has done that drives you into the derangement mode. Is it the great economy he helped create? Stopping ILLEGAL ALIENS from entering the country unabated and sucking on the tit of America’s taxpayers. Is it because he created an economy that had the lowest unemployment numbers in history for blacks and latino’s? Is it because he exposed the ‘deep state’ that tried to destroy him PRIOR to being elected? Was it because he got prison reform done to let people out that committed the lowest level of drug offenses? Is it because he located the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem where EVERY President EXCEPT Obama in the last three administrations said they would? Just give me SOMETHING that you can hang your hat on other than you just hate the guy.

    Hell I think he can be an arrogant New Yorker ass, but my God please give the guy credit for something.

    • cats646
      10:01 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      I doubt you’ll get a response. Most of them are terrified of facts. Lol

  9. cats646
    9:26 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Beshear is a moron. Much like all these democrats in the comments. Lol

  10. Southky
    10:22 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    I never left my “normal.” I never bought into Beshear’s [email protected] from day one. He is a moron, just like you morons upholding him here. Liberal holier than thou idiots make me sick. Some day if crap gets real we can settle it once and for all, hopefully before we become a communist country.

    • cats646
      10:33 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      I’m with ya brother.

    • DelrayCat
      12:24 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

      Listen here chumps. What are you advocating for exactly?? A race war? Settling things with your guns like some tough guy cos-playing wannabees living in his mom’s trailer? Sort of like those Michigan protester with their AR’s at the state capitol? You fat rednecks would not stand a chance if it ever came to that. The US army, my former comrades in arms, would be very adept at making sure you stand on the wrong side of law and order. Again, just a bunch of chumps….full of hot air.

    • cats646
      5:31 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

      Lol. Delray hopefully it would never come to a civil war. But if it did, it would be the shortest one ever. What would liberals do? Throw glitter at us?? Lolol. Leave it to a democrat to bring up race when nothing at all was said about it. Smh. I think y’all are the racist ones.

    • UKrailbird
      10:10 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

      DelRay…yes, we are the same “chumps” that used our guns against the greatest army and navy of the mid-late 1700s to free this nation from the same tyranny of your ilk. And guess what, these same “chumps” will be prepared to do it again.

  11. Swizzle
    11:56 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve been on phase 6 for weeks. I do what I want. Because I can. Screw this goon.

  12. Southky
    12:53 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

    Delray maybe someday we will see. Maybe you will have a chance to back up your smarta#@ mouth. I guarantee you I can friend.

  13. UKBigBlueForever
    11:35 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, you guys are just a bunch of keyboard badasses on here huh. LMAO. My wife works in healthcare and her unit handles all of the covid patients in ICU. I can assure you that this isn’t fake. She puts her life on the line every day and then we have people in here complaining about how stuff isn’t fair… I tell you what isn’t fair, listening to a bunch of you all whine while others are risking their lives everyday treating these patients back to health. It’s not always about YOU.

    • cats646
      12:11 pm May 8, 2020 Permalink

      Who said it was fake?? I don’t think it’s fake. But I also don’t think it’s worth urging down and ruining our country over. If we’re that worried about deaths, then why don’t we stop driving cars. Way more ppl die every year from that. Shutting down at first when we didn’t know what this was and had to get prepared was necessary. But now it’s ridiculous. Time to open up.

    • cats646
      12:12 pm May 8, 2020 Permalink

      *shutting down. Not urging down. Lol