Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Kentucky, US, increase business restrictions July 28, to curb the spread of COVID-19. Travel advisory in place.

  • Alert Begins: 28 Jul 2020 04:58 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 11 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Kentucky (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions likely

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued orders to increase restrictions on several businesses on July 28, due to an increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the commonwealth.

Officials ordered the closure of all bars statewide, starting July 28 and through at least Aug. 11, and ordered restaurants to reduce capacity limits to indoor service to 25 percent. Restaurants may continue offering outdoor service without capacity limits, but following social-distancing measures. State authorities have also requested public and private schools to avoid offering in-person lessons until at least the third week of August.

Kentucky officials had previously banned gatherings of more than 10 people, except in businesses, public venues or weddings. And since July 20, a travel advisory is in effect, under which officials recommend travelers entering the state from certain US states and territories to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As of July 28, the measure impacts those entering from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas.

Other directives remain in place, including a mandate for residents over the age of five to use face coverings in indoor and outdoor settings whenever social distancing of 1.8 meters (six feet) cannot be maintained. Most businesses are allowed to operate, albeit with certain limitations:


  • 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 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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