Beshear ordering 'non-life-sustaining businesses' to close to in-person traffic

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 4:22 PM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear held his daily news conference about the COVID-19 situation in Kentucky and the state's response.

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According to the governor, there are now at least 163 COVID-19 cases in the state. That's 39 new cases on Tuesday.

Beshear says the new cases are from Christian, Clark, Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Martin, McCracken, Menifee, Muhlenberg, Pulaski and Warren counties.

Gov. Beshear says one positive case is from someone who attended a “coronavirus party.”

“Anyone who goes to something like this may think they’re indestructible, but it’s someone else’s loved one they’re going to hurt,” Gov. Beshear said.

With cases rising, Gov. Beshear is ordering all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic, effective 8 p.m. Thursday.

Like there was with the retail businesses, there is still a long list of exceptions such as gas stations, grocery stores, banks and agriculture businesses.

The governor says a full list will be available Wednesday. Businesses that remain open must comply with social distancing guidelines.

"This will not last forever," Gov. Beshear said. "There will be a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we don’t know how far it is away."

Gov. Beshear says the next two weeks will be critical in the state's efforts against the coronavirus.

Gov. Beshear says he signed SB 177 Tuesday, with an emergency clause to provide relief for school districts, including unlimited NTI days and canceling attendance requirements.

The Ky. Dept. of Education also announced earlier Tuesday is canceling K-PREP for this school year.

Remember, Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline is 1-800-722-5725. The state’s website is

There is also now a hotline to report businesses that are not following Governor Andy Beshear's recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The hotline is 1-833-KY-SAFER or 1 (833) 597-2337.

It will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Callers can also leave a message.