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Governor announces new COVID-19 restrictions

By Jennifer Burnett
There are no changes for retail stores, child care facilities, barbershops/salons, manufacturers or hospitals.

Governor Andy Beshear announced new measures today meant to curb the exponential growth of COVID-19 infection rates across Kentucky.  

Most new measures will be in effect from Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. until Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m. and include:

Gatherings

  • Private indoor gatherings limited to two households, not exceeding total of 8 people
  • Attendance at indoor venues, (e.g. weddings and funerals), event spaces or theatres limited to 25 participants per room
  • Does not apply to in-person services at places of worship

Restaurants and bars

  • Closed to indoor seating
  • Outdoor seating allowed if social distancing and mask rules are met
  • Note: the state will make $40 million available to assist impacted restaurants and bars; businesses that qualify will receive a $10,000 stipend

Gyms, fitness centers and pools

  • Must maintain 6 ft. apart
  • Group classes prohibited
  • 33% occupancy
  • Masks required

Sports

  • Kentucky High School Athletics Association has decided to postpone all fall sports and their practices until after Dec. 13
  • Individual lessons allowed, but masking is required

Schools

  • All public and private schools (K-12) cease in-person instructions beginning Nov. 23
  • Middle, high schools will remain in remote instruction until Jan. 4, 2021
  • Elementary schools may reopen on Dec. 7 if their county is not in the red zone and the school follows all Healthy at Schools guidance

Professional services

  • Professional services and office-based businesses must mandate remote work when possible.
  • Offices that remain open must ensure that no more than 33% of employees are physically present in the office any given day.

See the full Executive Order here

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