Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Kentucky, US, increase restrictions, impose travel advisory, July 20, due to increase in COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 21 Jul 2020 02:13 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 07 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 July 20 reimposing some restrictions, and recommending travelers entering from certain states to self-quarantine, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The new directives bans gatherings of more than 10 people, except in weddings, restaurants, stores, or public venues.

Additionally, authorities in Kentucky have issued a travel advisory, recommending travelers entering the state from certain US states and territories to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As of July 20, the measure impacts those entering from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico.

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:


  • 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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