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Beshear outlines timeline for some businesses to reopen

Kentucky up to 7,444 cases of COVID-19, 332 deaths
Posted at 5:25 PM, May 15, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Friday press conference that there are 252 new cases of COVID-19 in the state of Kentucky and that the state's total currently sits at 7,444.

Of the 7,444 individuals to test positive for COVID-19 in Kentucky, 2,739 have made a full recovery.

Beshear also announced four more coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky, bringing the state's coronavirus-related death total to 332. Two of the four new deaths were inmates at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington.

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined a timeline for many businesses to reopen in Kentucky amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tourism

Kentucky State resort Parks, recreational parks, lodges and cabins will be open to the public for normal business beginning June 1.

"That normal business, it is going to be a new normal business," Beshear said. "It is going to be required social distancing at each of these."

Natural bridge and Cumberland Falls State resort parks will also reopen on June 1. Guests will be requried to follow social distancing and public health guidelines. Guests can begin making reservations on Tuesday, May 19 at parks.ky.gov.

Parks that won't open are Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. These parks will provide temporary housing for patients that are sick but don't need to be in the hospital.

Fishing tournaments may also resume June 1 under new guidelines.

Kentucky Horse Park, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area and state park campgrounds will open on June 11.

"We originally didn't want to have to shut down campgrounds, but we had to do it because people were refusing to social distance," Beshear noted. "Just because we're reopening and just because we can have groups of ten or less doesn't mean social distancing isn't required."

Aquatic Centers

Aquatic Centers will be able to open starting June 1. This includes pools used for training, pools that are solely lap pools and pools designated for exercise. This does not include public swimming pools used for recreation.

Auto and dirt track racing, bowling alleys, fitness centers and movie theaters will all also be available to resume business on June 1.

"We are starting it in a reduced capacity for almost all of them," Beshear said of the businesses allowed to reopen soon. "But we want to build that up once we get people into the type of practices that we need to be seeing."