Beshear gives outline of when certain businesses can reopen

The governor held Wednesday's news conference inside the state's Emergency Operations Center....
The governor held Wednesday's news conference inside the state's Emergency Operations Center. (WKYT)(WKYT)
Published: Apr. 29, 2020 at 4:38 PM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear held his daily news conference to give updates about Kentucky's COVID-19 situation.

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Posted by WKYT on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

According to the state COVID-19 dashboard, Kentucky's COVID-19 totals for Wednesday are 4,539 cases and 235 total deaths. Tuesday's update was 4,375 cases and 225 total deaths.

Wednesday's 10 reported deaths are in Jefferson (5), Warren, Grayson (2), Jackson and Hopkins counties.

The 184 new cases are in Jefferson, Warren, Daviess, Kenton, Fayette, Allen, Campbell, Graves, Jessamine, Muhlenberg, Simpson, Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Wayne, Adair, Anderson, Barren, Boone, Breckinridge, Clark, Estill, Floyd, Hart, Henderson, Laurel, McCracken, McLean, Monroe, Oldham, Spencer, Trigg and Woodford counties.

Wednesday, Gov. Beshear also went over the kinds of businesses that will be allowed to reopen during the Phase I of the state's plan.

Beginning on May 11, the governor says manufacturing, construction, vehicle or vessel dealerships, professional services (50%), horse racing (no fans), and dog grooming/boarding businesses can reopen.

On May 20, the governor says retail business can reopen. Houses of worship can also restart in-person services on May 20 but at a reduced capacity.

The governor says on May 25 the following can start again: 10-person social gatherings, barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and similar services.

Every industry will be required to follow new guidelines when they reopen. While Jon-Beck Salon is a business in the last group of Phase One, they are already getting a jump start on what those might be.

"I had just put in an order on Amazon for some new capes, some hand sanitizer, and some masks," Co-Owner of Jon-Beck Salon Becky Tomb said. "I even ordered a shield, I don't know if that's one of the things he requested us to have, I just wanted to be on the safe side and go ahead and get that ordered before they run out."

Tomb is also planning to hold a video conference with her coworkers to discuss how to limit capacity and to eliminate customers waiting inside a lobby area. While she still has several weeks to get plans in place, she wants to be ready to cut, color, and care for her clients as soon as their doors reopen.

"Well I didn't hear the governor announce the date, but I heard my phone ding, ding, ding, and of course they were all my clients," Tomb said.

The governor says public pools and summer camps will also not be able to open in Phase 1, or maybe even Phase 2. He says daycare is also not in Phase 1. Beshear says the state is looking at "hopefully a June solution" for daycare.