Phase one of reopening Kentucky begins Monday

Posted at 9:32 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 07:46:21-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky began the reopening process about two weeks ago, starting with restoring health care facilities to full capacity.

Now two weeks later, the next phase of reopening will begin on May 11.

This is phase one, and in it, these companies/businesses can open:

  • Construction
  • Horse Racing (No Fans)
  • Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Office-Based Businesses (50%)
  • Pet Grooming/Boarding
  • Photography
  • Vehicle or Vessel Dealerships

Of course, if these businesses don't feel like they are ready to open on Monday, they don't have to. If they do open, they have to adhere to the guidelines, which means on-site temperature readings and masks must be worn.

"Employers are going to be required to have [face masks] for employees for 'healthy at work.' If you are going back to work, you have to have one. For the general public, I am asking, I am urging, if I have to I will plea, but no one is going to be fined or penalized at the end of the day this is your decision, but it is one that impacts the lives around you," said Governor Beshear during his briefing on May 3.

Starting Monday, businesses can also refuse to serve a customer if they are not wearing a mask.

Phase 2 is currently planned for May 22. During this phase, restaurants will be able to open at 33 percent capacity.

After that, gradually in the weeks ahead, more things are set to reopen, for a full list, you can click here.

The governor has also stressed that if there is a spike in cases reopening may be rolled back.