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More non-essential businesses to close Thursday by 8 p.m.

Posted: 7:20 AM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 07:20:44-04
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(LEX 18) — Following an executive order by Gov. Andy Beshear, all non-essential businesses will close Thursday by 8 p.m.

While healthcare workers are scrambling to get their hands on resources, governors across the country are imposing more stringent restrictions . Starting Thursday night, all non-life sustaining businesses in Kentucky must close by 8 p.M.

Beshear said in his press conference Wednesday that Kentuckians need to take responsibility for flatting the curve when it comes to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As the governor spoke, congress was inching closer to passing a $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill will extend unemployment benefits. In the Bluegrass, Beshear announced that independent contractors, small business owners, cosmetologists, and others, including those who have had to leave their jobs because of quarantine or paid leave, can now qualify for unemployment.

Essential businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, will remain open.