Non-essential manufacturing, car dealers, dog groomers, and professional services will be the first Kentucky industries to reopen

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday the first phase of industry reopening in the state will start on May 11 with non-essential manufacturing, car dealerships, dog grooming and boarding, construction, professional services (at 50% capacity), and Churchill Downs being allowed to operate without spectators.

The next wave of industry reopening, the governor said, will occur on May 20 and will include church services with reduced rates based on congregation size and some retail with limitations on the number of people allowed in the store at once.

On May 25, the state will see barbers and hair salons, nail salons, and others begin to reopen as well as social gatherings of 10 people being permitted.

These reopening dates come with measures previously announced including all individuals and companies needing to have/wear masks and temperature checks of employees starting May 11.The Beshear administration has also laid out a 10-step plan for reopening which they released Tuesday.

All three dates are part of Phase 1 of an industry reopening plan. Gyms, movie theaters, sporting events/facilities, restaurants, childcare, and others are not included in Phase 1.

On Wednesday evening, Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts applauded the announcement.

“Over the last six weeks, the business community has stepped up, sacrificed, and has been resourceful to ensure all Kentuckians remain as safe as possible during this global pandemic. The Kentucky Chamber has worked closely with Governor Beshear on the safe and methodical reopening of business and thank him for announcing Phase 1 of reopening Kentucky’s economy. The phased-in approach allows Kentucky businesses time to ensure an opening that keeps their employees, customers, and all Kentuckians healthy and safe. We look forward to bright days ahead of helping Kentucky get back to business,” Watts said in a statement Wednesday.

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