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Governor Beshear’s benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy

When will businesses be able to open their doors again? Yesterday evening, Governor Andy Beshear outlined seven benchmarks Kentucky must meet in order to safely reopen the economy, which reflect the guidance the federal government announced on Thursday.

“We believe our approach is very much in line with the White House. The plan put out by the White House has certain thresholds that states should meet before we start taking certain steps,” Gov. Beshear said. “The benchmarks are being driven by public health. We are all on the same page about what keeps people safe.”

“We have to make sure we do it smart, we do it safely,” he added. “That we don’t let our guard down, that we don’t start focusing on the next game until we win this game.”

Criteria to Move to Phase One

  • 14 days where cases are decreasing
  • Increased testing capacity and contact tracing
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability
  • Ability to protect at-risk populations
  • Ability to social distance and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on large gatherings
  • Preparedness for possible future spike
  • Status of vaccine and treatment

Once Kentucky meets certain benchmarks, the federal guidance says it is safe to move to Phase One of reopening.

Phase One


  • Individuals should continue to practice good hygiene
  • People who feel sick should stay home
  • All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place
  • All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others
  • All individuals should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, unless precautionary measures can be strictly observed
  • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel


  • Should continue to encourage telework
  • If possible, should return to work in phases
  • Close common areas
  • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel
  • Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population

Specific types of employers

  • Schools and organized youth activities that are currently closed should remain closed
  • Visits to senior living facilities and hospitals should still be prohibited
  • Large venues (sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols
  • Elective surgeries can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines
  • Gyms can reopen if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
  • Bars should remain closed

When will we get to Phase One?

“We think that following these benchmarks, possibly before May we could see some loosening in the health care area,” Gov. Beshear said. “We could see the ability to open up in some small ways before May, during May and beyond, but this will be a phased approach based on our benchmarks and recommendations from many groups. We have to ensure any actions we take protect the sacrifices that so many Kentuckians have made.”

Phases Two and Three

The White House also outlined Phases Two and Three, which are only for states with no evidence of a rebound and that satisfy the gating criteria a second and third time. Gov. Beshear will detail Kentucky’s plan for entering these phases in due time, but here’s a quick overview from the White House’s plan.

Phase Two:

  • Non-essential travel can resume
  • Reopening of schools and organized youth activities
  • Large venues (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols.
  • Gyms can remain open
  • Bars may open with diminished standing-room occupancy
  • Visits to senior care facilities and hospitals still prohibited

Phase Three:

  • Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions but continue to practice social distancing
  • Employers can resume unrestricted staffing of worksites
  • Visits to senior care facilities and hospitals can resume

For more information on the White House’s criteria and all three proposed phases of reopening, visit

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

34 Comments for Governor Beshear’s benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy

  1. Kentuckiana
    4:36 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Good, Informative Article.

  2. Han
    4:47 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Good info, and good to see the White House going along with what every expert is pleading them to do.

    Now we just need the President to cooperate with what his administration is trying to do to help our country. His popularity would probably go up 10 points if they just took away his Twitter account and kept him out of daily briefings where he praises himself, spreads misinformation, lies about what he’s said in the past, denies knowledge and responsibility, and attacks everyone who dares to ask him reasonable questions. If he’d just shut up, he could take credit for the efforts of his administration instead of contradicting them and attacking Democrat governors who are following the guidelines he’s approved.

    Liberate the White House!

    • Bluehender
      5:14 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Hear, hear..

    • kjd
      5:58 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Trump 2020!!!!!!!

  3. BluKudzu
    4:52 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    The MAGA Trumpluddites really showed their nationally ranked 6th worst education level at the capitol protests.

    If they had either guts or brains, they would be in DC protesting against Trump, who failed to protect Americans, ultimately killing tens of thousands, infecting hundreds of thousands, and putting America in the shape it is in currently.

    However, the mouth breathing knuckle draggers, watch Fox news, and actually believe the propaganda from the monarchy.

    Shame upon you all.

    MAGA – Morons Against Governor’s Advice.

    • tree_gardener
      5:54 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Damn. That was kinda harsh.

    • kjd
      5:59 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Trump 2020!!!!!
      The Chinese virus killed tens of thousands.
      Might come up with a vaccine, but your Trump Derangement Syndrome is incurable.

    • J in Orlando
      6:07 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Harsh but fair

    • N-UR-i
      7:25 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      BluKudz, there is a difference between education and intelligence. Most DEMs flaunt their indoctrination as education, but they are truly just mindless sheep with hurt feelings. It was the Dems who fought the President when he took early action calling him a xenophobe and a racist for limiting travel. But why I am wasting my breath on a soft triggered little snowflake is beyond me. Enjoy your blissful ignorance.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:33 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

      As an educated conservative I can say Trump is a problem.

    • friendsofcoal
      2:39 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

      I love how you ignorant a$$ liberals called Trump a racist because of the travel ban then all of a sudden it was okay. A lot of democrats I know in KY have finally gotten their head out of their asses and they are voting straight red this November. The democrat party sure isn’t what it used to be and you know that! I kept my mouth shut for 8 years of Obama and Dems can show some respect and do the same for Trump. If he’s given a chance imagine what he could do for this country! He’s kicked ass so far and it’s been an everyday fight with the other side.

  4. michaelb
    4:53 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Here, Here!

  5. Southky
    5:26 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Wow!! TDS on full display here today. Han, it looks like your TDS is spreading much faster than the virus!!

    • Mr.Incognito
      5:38 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      The only people with TDS are the ones that support him.

  6. ALogicalBeing
    7:45 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Me: *reads benchmarks*
    Me: *reads phase one could start before May*
    Me: *realizes May is 13 days away*
    Me: *does math*
    Me: In order for this to be possible we need to already have at least one day of new cases decreasing and that must continue (essentially) until May.
    Me: *does more math*
    Me: There is like <1% chance of this happening.
    Me: I must of read it wrong.
    Me: *reads it again to find out my error*
    Me: *realizing I wasn’t reading it wrong*
    Me: Oh yeah…. the government cannot do math properly.
    Dems and reps: *explode in anger at me*

    • Bobbum Man
      7:49 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah I was a bit surprised to see may thrown out there… don’t see how we’re close to ready based on those criteria… if the unemployment wasn’t such a joke atleast here in KY people could probably get by through this

    • ALogicalBeing
      11:55 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      It’s not really surprising. It’s just a completely expected statement that mathematically disagrees with itself.

  7. crazycatfan65
    9:05 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    For all misinformed anti America liberals who can’t think for themselves and just repeat what the alt left news media tells you to think..It was February 24, 2020 – Speaker Pelosi Visits SF’s Chinatown To Show Support Amid Coronavirus Fears and told everyone to come on down to Chinatown, which of course was after Trump stop flights from infected areas on January 31st.

    The timeline of 2019-nCoV
    From the CDC website.
    “The 2017-2018 season was an estimated 45 million influenza illnesses, 21 million influenza-associated medical visits, 810,000 influenza-related hospitalizations, and 61,000 influenza-associated deaths”
    Oct 7, 2019 – China suspends business ties with NBA’s Houston Rockets over Hong Kong tweet.
    October 18 to Monday, October 28, 2019 – The 2019 Wuhan Military World Games
    31 December 2019 – China alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) about a spate of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan
    1 January 2020 – The seafood/animal market believed to be at the centre of the outbreak is closed
    9 January – The WHO says the infection is caused by a new type of coronavirus
    10 January – China shares the genetic code of the new virus
    11 January – Scientists start working on a vaccine – and the first death confirmed
    13 January – Virus spreads abroad for the first time, with a case in Thailand
    14 January – The WHO “No clear Evidence of Person to Person contact of Winnie The Pooh Flu” Lie
    15 January – “Trump Signs ‘Phase 1’ China Trade Deal, But Most Tariffs Remain In Place” and Pelosi finally sends Articles of Impeachment to the Senate When first US Victim gets back to the states
    23 January – the central government of China imposed a lock down in Wuhan
    Jan 24 – Dr. Anthony Fauci National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director said – “ Covid 19 It isn’t something the American public needs to worry about or be frightened about, because we have ways of preparing and screening of. It’s a very, very low risk to the United States, but it’s something that we as public health officials need to take very seriously,”
    January 30, WHO calls corona virus a healthcare emergency.
    January 31 Trump announced China Travel Restrictions and the UK left the EU at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January 2020
    “After Trump in January declared a “humanitarian and security crisis” during a primetime Oval Office address, Sen. Chuck Schumer, speaking beside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Trump was working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”
    Party leader Tom Perez also called it “manufactured.”
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., described it as a “‘crisis’ that doesn’t exist.”
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted at the time that “we’re not falling” for the “fake crisis.”
    February 2 – New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, “The risk to New Yorkers for Coronavirus is low and our preparedness as a city is very high. There is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant, and certainly not to miss the parade next Sunday. I’m going to be there.”
    February 4, 2020,The 2020 State of the Anti Communist Union Address was given by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump
    February 5, 2020 Trump was Acquitted
    February 7 – The WHO “Mask Won’t protect You from the Winnie The Pooh Flu” Lie
    February 19th the Market began the sell off.
    February 24, 2020 Nancy Pelosi says from San Francisco’s China Town to come visit, it is safe and “there are no Coronavirus concerns”. Then SF became one of the epicenters of the disease.
    March 2, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards gives coronavirus update to Press Club of Baton Rouge
    March 9, 2020 Bernie Sanders said he would NOT, I repeat he said he would NOT shut down travel
    March 11, 2020 – Bill de Blasio – Confronting the Coronavirus Outbreak in New York City | The Daily Show
    March 20, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (as well as NY Times) bash Trump for talking about Hydroxy Cloroquin calling it a “fairy tale” and giving people false hope. Now it is being sought after to fight the disease and is being tested as helping patients recover faster.
    March 23 – The Who “Treating the Winnie The Pooh Flu with Hydroxychloroquine could cause a world shortage” Lie
    April 1 – The Who “Wearing a mask won’t protect you” repeated Li
    January 24 2020, Joe Scarborough and wife Minka had a segment where they said “no Americans need to be concerned about COVID-19 and should be more concerned about the common flu.
    March 30, 2020 Morning Joe anchors say “everyone saw this coming in early January.
    Everything I have quoted are true and easily verified. The Liberal leaders and media have not been accurate about ANYTHING about COVID-19 and Trump has been way ahead of them. Trump nailed this one and the press does everything to blame him?
    Don’t let the media rewrite facts. Liberals and the media on January 28th were talking about the final vote of the impeachment hearing while Trump was sounding the alarm. They all said he was trying to distract us….well guess what, he was right’.

    • Mr.Incognito
      10:50 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      You poor muppet. Repeat what your corporate overlords tell you and drink the Faux News kool aid. WTF does Trump being acquitted have to do with the coronavirus? Nothing, but it makes it look like Herr Trump was doing something in February besides golfing and playing with Twitter. Someone is trying to rewrite history though and it is that orange clown in the White House. You poor poor deluded fool.

    • City shuffle
      11:28 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Written perfectly, couldn’t have stated it any better. One thing missing were the Congressional and senate members who sold off all holding in the stock market. Everyone loves to preach and say I told you so, but if you believe the news stations whole heartedly and think the government is infallible you might need to reconsider what you’re doing in life.

  8. bbn606
    9:13 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    We weren’t at those benchmarks before the virus.

  9. jaws2
    9:18 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Crazycatfan I realize how frustrating it is, but you’re wasting energy and facts with the TDS crowd. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to distract the TDS mob from hating our President.Trump could have ENDED this thing January 20th and the TDS crowd would accuse him of jumping the gun. Russia Russia Russia.. Collusion Collusion Collusion.. Impeach Impeach Impeach.. Corona Corona Corona…!!!
    I can’t fathom what’s next from these people but I’m absolutely certain they’ll find something. I can’t wait to hear the responses when he gets re-elected. Remember, facts are OPTIONAL on KSR.

    • Mr.Incognito
      10:51 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Again, the only people with TDS are the people who support him.

  10. goose2
    9:45 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    Great list of facts crazy cat fan,, unfortunately, liberals don’t believe in facts.

    • Mr.Incognito
      10:58 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Facts aren’t something you believe in, they either are or aren’t. As you are afflicted with TDS it is understandable that you are misguided in this area.

      Trump has mishandled this and is now showing his true colors by passing the buck to the governors, issuing tweets to sow dissent, and being an asshat to everyone who doesn’t smile at him and say they like him.

      It’s a masterful move though, if the governors bail him out and do a good job, he’ll say “see I knew what I was doing”. If they don’t, he’ll blame them for the failure. You all want to believe he is some tough guy, when he doesn’t even have the courage or strength to say my bad. Absolutely pathetic.

    • friendsofcoal
      2:33 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

      It should be handled by governors because each state is completely different when it comes to covid19. You think for example that South Dakota compares to NY??

  11. Swizzle
    10:18 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    I started phase 4 last weekend, I do what I want.

  12. A Conservative White Man
    12:38 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

    If Trump says sucking pecker doesn’t make you gay all his supporters will start.

  13. friendsofcoal
    2:40 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

    Most liberals are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites!

  14. A Conservative White Man
    9:33 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

    And most Trump supporters are blasphemous so there’s very few us of not going to hell.

    • friendsofcoal
      2:49 pm April 19, 2020 Permalink

      We support our country and do not want it to turn into a socialist country. Wake up!

  15. bbn606
    9:34 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

    Mr Incognito, how much rent are you charging TRUMP for living in your brain?

  16. A Conservative White Man
    9:38 am April 19, 2020 Permalink

    The son of God is named Jesus not Trump. Yet his supporters listen to him far more than they ever did Jesus. When Jesus said love the sinner above all else he didn’t mean to worship Trump. When God said you can have no other gods before me he didn’t mean it’s ok to make Trump hos equal.

  17. PoliticsAreForDumbasses
    1:12 pm April 19, 2020 Permalink

    If you’re an adult and spend time arguing with strangers on the internet about politics (no matter the side), life isn’t going right for you. Find a hobby.