Governor Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday that he has signed an executive order that will close all businesses that “encourage congregation and meeting in public places.” That includes most businesses that would fall into the entertainment industry like, theaters, concert venues and sporting event facilities. The order also affects places like hair salons, gyms and exercise facilities. Businesses affected by the order will need to close by the end of business on Wednesday. Exempt businesses include those that provide essential services, such as grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, vet clinics, hotels, food processors, auto and home repair businesses, post offices, warehousing and distribution and pharmacies. Those businesses can stay open, Beshear said, but they must practice social distancing.
As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 patient information includes 26 cases:
66-year-old man (died Sunday)
27-year-old woman (fully recovered)