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Governor begs businesses to enforce social distancing

If businesses do not take action, their "essential" status will be revisited.
Posted at 1:42 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 19:51:30-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — While keeping six feet from one another has been encouraged, Gov. Andy Beshear said some businesses are not taking the health officials' requirement seriously enough.

"We're going to have to ask those stores to find a way to enforce social distancing or we're going to have to see how essential they are," Beshear said.

During the weekend, customers were seen outside Trader Joe's in Lexington waiting at least 6 feet apart to enter the store.

On Monday morning, customers told LEX 18 they felt safe inside Trader Joe's.

"They've allowed a certain amount of people in at a time and they've precautioned us to stay 6 feet away from each other as we're shopping which is good. They have a hand sanitizer station set up when you walk in," said John Ross Gribbins. "They seem to wipe down every cart when it comes back and what not so I think they are doing a great job."

Lauren Graf was also inside the grocer Monday morning.

"They stopped me before I went into the store and just reminded me of the policies put in place," Graf explained.

Outside Lowe's in Hamburg Monday morning, there was a steady stream of customers. Besides the occasional gloves and masks, it looked like business as usual.

"If you need to go to one of these stores and you pull up and there are a ton of people in there, don't go in there," Beshear said. "That's how you get coronavirus. You have to be smart. If there is a crowd that shouldn't be together, don't join it."

While some companies are still working out the in-person social distancing, others are spreading the word online by re-creating their logos to encourage spreading out.