Summary
Authorities in Kentucky have amended the travel advisory implemented to help curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers entering the commonwealth from states and territories with positive testing rates of 15 percent or greater are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As of Oct. 28, the measure applies to individuals arriving from Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Other restrictions remain unchanged; however, officials urge residents of counties classified as "red zones" - those with high COVID-19 activity - to follow additional recommendations, such as refraining from hosting gatherings of any size, reducing in-person shopping, avoiding in-person dining at bars and restaurants, postponing or canceling public events, and generally avoiding nonessential activities outside the home. Additionally, businesses are urged to allow employees to work from home to the extent possible, and nonessential government offices are to operate digitally. As of Oct. 28, 55 counties are categorized as red zones, including Jefferson, Hardin, and Bullitt.

Under the current directives, bars and restaurants may open for indoor service at 50-percent capacity. All customers must be seated and tables must be spaced in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Restaurants and bars must stop food and beverage services nightly at 2300 and close at 2359. Gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned, except inside of business establishments, in public event venues, and at weddings. Officials have extended the requirement for residents to wear protective face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible until at least Nov. 7.

Other businesses, such as indoor entertainment centers, personal care businesses, convention centers, gyms and fitness centers, and retail stores, can also operate at 50-percent capacity. Office-based businesses can also open at 50-percent capacity, but employees currently working from home must continue doing so whenever possible. All establishments in operation must comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing the further spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing requirements and enhanced sanitization procedures. Such requirements may vary by industry or type of establishment. 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.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

 

Advice
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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