Non-essential retail businesses must close to in-person traffic effective at 8 p.m. Monday as announced by Gov. Andy Beshear. Curbside pickup and delivery is still allowed.
The executive order is in effect for the duration of the state of emergency that has been issued for Kentucky, or until otherwise rescinded by the governor.
“This is the next step we need to take to reduce the contacts amongst Kentuckians until we can defeat this virus,” Beshear said.
The businesses that may remain open include grocery stores/supermarkets, liquor stores, banks, pharmacies, drug stores, gas stations, pet supply stores and building material/garden equipment dealers.
“Please don’t rush to any of these types of stores,” Beshear said. “What that does is create a crowd that can spread the coronavirus. … There is going to be enough of all of the essentials for everybody.”
The businesses that must close include entertainment, sporting goods, electronics, florists, office supply, clothing, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics/beauty supply, book stores, florists, furnitures and auto dealers — though auto repairs and parts are going to be exempt so people can get what they need.
“This is another step we are having to take, and another significant step,” Beshear said. “I know a lot of people — just like restaurants, bars and other public-facing businesses — these are your dreams. I understand that and I hope you know that I feel that and get that in making this order.
“It’s going to take this type of sacrifice and continuing to take more steps each day or every other day to do what we need to do.”
The Owensboro Health coronavirus hotline is available 24/7 by calling 877-888-6647. Call the hotline before seeking in-person care. More information from OH can be found here.
For the latest information and data on COVID-19 in Kentucky visit kycovid19.ky.gov or dial the Kentucky state hotline at 800-722-5725.
For the latest health guidelines and resources from the CDC, visit their website here.