Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 13, officials in Kentucky, US, have ordered residents to wear face masks to Aug. 9. Some restrictions remain due to COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 13 Jul 2020 07:26 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19-related restrictions
  • Location(s): Kentucky (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions likely

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued an order to mandate the use of face coverings until at least Aug. 9 as part of the commonwealth's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the new directive, all residents older than five years old must wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor settings whenever social distancing of 1.8 meters (six feet) cannot be maintained.

Additionally, Kentucky authorities have maintained in place business restrictions that had been previously implemented. Gatherings of more than 50 people remain banned, and most businesses are allowed to operate, albeit with certain limitations:


  • Restaurants and bars can operate at 50-percent capacity indoors; outdoor seating does not have capacity limits.


  • Venues, such as concert halls, convention centers, and sports stadiums can be open at 50-percent capacity.


  • Personal care businesses, such as barbershops, hair salons, and tattoo parlors, can operate at 50-percent capacity.


  • Retail stores may open at 50-percent capacity.


  • Government offices can be at 50-percent capacity.


  • Office-based businesses can operate at 50-percent capacity.


  • Indoor entertainment facilities may open at 33-percent capacity.


  • Gyms and fitness centers can open at 33-percent capacity.


  • Private and public campgrounds may open.


  • Construction, manufacturing, and landscaping businesses can also operate.


Companies in the food, media, security, transport, and critical infrastructure industries, including banks, pharmacies, fuel stations, and grocery stores, can continue to have in-person operations. Employees should continue to work from home in all businesses whenever possible. Authorities require businesses to stagger workers' shifts, ensure social distancing, face coverings, and other necessary protective equipment for all workers, limit face-to-face interactions, and enhance sanitation procedures. Workers' health must be screened daily, and anyone showing symptoms must be sent home.

Business disruptions are likely. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Confirm appointments. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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