Governor Spells Out What Businesses Can Stay Open

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear announced Tuesday more changes would be coming for area businesses.  He said beginning Thursday, all  non-life-sustaining businesses would need to close to in-person traffic.  Wednesday, prior to his daily briefing, Beshear released the Executive Order calling for the closures. The order spells out what businesses and organizations will be allowed to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following is a list of all businesses considered life-sustaining.

  • All businesses operating in the federal critical infrastructure sectors (CISA) 
  • Stores that provide life-sustaining goods consistent with Executive Order 2020-246
  • Hardware stores and those that seel electrical, plumbing, and heating supplies
  • Agricultural supply and equipment stores
  • Medical supply and equipment stores
  • Stores that supply first responders and other critical government and healthcare workers
  • Food, beverage, and agriculture manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation plants
  • Organizations that provid charitable and social services (examples: food banks, shelters, those working with the disadvantaged)
  • Media
  • Gas stations and transportation businesses (examples: auto supply, auto repair, motorcycle and bicycle repair shops)
  • Financial services
  • Housing, building, and construction
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants – off-site consumption only
  • Supplies for life-sustaining businesses including computers, audio and video electronics, firearm and ammunition suppliers
  • Transportation – airlines, taxis, businesses such as Uber and Lyft, private, public, and commerical transportation services
  • Home-based care and services
  • Professional services – legal services, accounting, insurance, real estate
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industry
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels
  • Funeral services

All businesses allowed to operate need to follow social distancing and hygiene requirements from the CDC and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

Here is the complete Executive Order