Retail, restaurants to be able to go to 50 percent later this month

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – With the coronavirus case data remaining within manageable ranges, the state is further removing limits on restaurants and retail outlets.

The two business categories will be able to go from the current 33 percent capacity to 50 percent capacity June 22, 30 days after they originally were allowed to reopen after a two-month coronavirus shutdown, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily briefing.

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Also, the Kentucky State Fair will be held this year, although it will “look very different” from previous state fairs with fewer vendors, mostly outdoor events and concerts, the governor said, noting the fair presented “an impressive” proposal for operating and maintaining health and safety standards.

Meanwhile, the state confirmed 245 new cases, bringing the state’s total in the last three months to 11,709. Of the total cases, 3,365 people have recovered.

As of Tuesday, 525 people were hospitalized, a number that has crept up in the last few days and is being “watched more than ever.” As of Tuesday, 75 people were in ICU, a number that has remained “relatively low.”

The governor reported five new deaths, which brought the state’s total to 477. The deaths were in Jefferson, Shelby, Barren, McCracken, and Warren counties.

Of the new cases, 91 were in Jefferson, 29 in Warren, 18 in Fayette, 14 in Shelby, 10 in Madison, seven in Woodford and lesser numbers in Bourbon, Rowan and several other area counties.

“The numbers show the virus is still out there, is everywhere and is still dangerous,” Beshear said.

The state has confirmed 287,597 tests, but some of those are people who have been tested more than once.