Executive order spells out businesses that can stay open


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Gov. Andy Beshear issued a new executive order on Wednesday with more restrictions on businesses that may remain open in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new order requires all businesses that are not life-sustaining to cease operations at 8 pm Thursday, March 26, “except as needed to conduct minimum basic operations.”

Minimum basic operations are defined in the executive order as those needed “to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate telecommuting and other related functions.”

There are exemptions to the latest order, which are similar to ones spelled out in previous orders.

They include:  businesses operating in the federal critical infrastructure sectors; life-saving retail; food, beverage and agriculture sectors; organizations that provide charitable and social services, both religious and secular non-profits, including food banks; media including newspaper, TV and radio; gas stations and businesses needed for transportation; financial services; housing, building and construction; mail, post office, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services; laundry services; restaurants for off-premises consumption; suppliers of life-sustaining businesses; transportation services including Lyft, Uber, vehicle rental and public transportation; home-based care and services; professional services, although they are encouraged to do as much as possible from home; the supply chain for critical products and industries; critical labor union functions; hotels and motels; and funeral services.

All businesses allowed to remain open must follow social distancing and good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing, regularly cleaning equipment and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Non-essential retail operations may continue to provide local delivery or curbside service of online or telephone orders.

All in-person government activities at the state, county and local levels that are not necessary to sustain or protect life or to supporting life-sustaining businesses, are suspended

In addition, the order suspends all evictions in Kentucky and all state county and local law enforcement officers are directed to stop serving eviction notices for residential property until the state of emergency ends.  Rent or mortgage payments must continue to be made.

The order does not affect operations of the legislative or judicial branches of government, which have already enacted their own restrictions.

It also does not interfere with the lawful sales of firearms and ammunition.

The read the entire executive order, go to        


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