Governor outlines timeline for churches, salons, horse racing, and more to reopen

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Governor Andy Beshear unveiled Wednesday the most specific timeline yet for reopening a variety of businesses.

He cautioned, though, the schedule is tentative and businesses will only be able to reopen if they follow industry specific requirements and the 10 rules to reopening.

“W’eve got to do this right. I believe we can do this right,” Gov. Beshear said. “When we phase back in to work, remember, you don’t need an in-person meeting. Use the telephone. And now that we are starting to open up health care, see your doctor if you need to.”

The state has already started a phased approach of reopening healthcare services. It set out public health benchmarks that look a lot like the White Houses Guidelines for Reopening America.

The governor’s plan for phase one of opening a variety of other businesses:

  • May 11 Manufacturing, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, professional services (at 50% of pre-outbreak capacity), horse racing (without spectators), pet grooming and boarding
  • May 20 Retail, houses of worship
  • May 25 Social gatherings of no more than 10 people, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services

“We were able to come to an agreement yesterday with Churchill Downs. They will start accepting horses and people on the backside of the track May 11,” said Gov. Beshear.

He also said when houses of worship resume in-person services May 20th, they must do so with fewer people in attendance and must ensure proper social distancing, cleaning, sanitation and other accommodations.

“A crowd is still going to be a dangerous thing until we are further along in defeating this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s something we need to continue to avoid.”

The Governor said some businesses won’t be able to open yet including: restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, campgrounds, youth sports, summer camps, day cares (except for essential health care workers) and public pools.

“Another that we want to be in Phase 2 is gyms. Later, but not in Phase 1: movie theaters, campgrounds and youth sports. We hope in this summer, and we don’t know if it will be in June or perhaps early July, we hope that we will be able to do some youth sports,” the Governor said.

As businesses reopen, the Department for Public Health will evaluate individual businesses’ ability to reopen safely.

Groups and associations representing businesses are encouraged to submit reopen proposals. Individual businesses can also submit plans through the online reopen form.

The proposals will be evaluated against the White House guidelines and other public health criteria to ensure compliance with CDC guidelines.

Governor Beshear delivered his 5 p.m. update today from the state’s Emergency Management Center in Frankfort as its organizing the state’s fight against the pandemic.

“We are currently at Level 3 for this operation. We have about 100 people working this incident seven days a week,” Michael Dossett, Director of the Division of Emergency Management said. “In this event, we are in support of the Governor, Department of Public Health, the Kentucky National Guard and every Cabinet in state government is represented here at the Emergency Operations Center. We are supporting all 120 counties with managing resources they need during this pandemic event.”

Registration for coronavirus testing next week is now available online. For more information visit

For testing in Oldham County, sign up o the health department’s website) and for testing through the Buffalo Trace District Health Department, sign up by calling 606-564-9447.

Governor Beshear says mass testing is happening at the Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenberg County. He said as of Wednesday afternoon, about 250 tests have been conducted and the entire prison will be tested by Friday.

The Governor is again asking people to fill out the census as it will help determine how much federal funding the state gets in the future. You can fill it out at or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Governor Beshear said there were at least 4,359 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. 184 were new cases.

The Governor also reported ten new deaths Wednesday, putting the state at 235 total deaths related to the virus.

At least 1,668 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

For more data, click here.

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