Beshear signs order to close 'public places that encourage congregation'

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Gov. Andy Beshear held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to give his daily COVID-19 update.

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Governor Beshear said the state currently has 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That's up from 25 cases on Monday.

One of the new cases is in Lyon County, that county's first case of the virus, bringing the total number of affected counties to eight.

The governor said he is also asking for funerals to be burials for close family only and to have a memorial service at a later time.

Governor Beshear said he has signed an executive order that will close all public-facing businesses that "encourage congregation and meeting in public places."

That includes most businesses that would fall into the "entertainment" category like theaters, concert venues and sporting event facilities. The order also affects places like nail and hair salons, gyms and exercise facilities.

Businesses affected by the order will need to close by the end of business on Wednesday.

Governor Beshear said businesses providing food, retail, grocery, pharmacy, auto repair, banks, public transportation, and hotels can stay open, subject to limitations provided in prior orders, but must follow CDC guidance.

Gov. Beshear says the goal of this order is to minimize in-person interaction, which is the primary means of transmission of COVID-19.

The governor said the state unemployment website crashed Tuesday and they hope to have it back up and working Wednesday. He said they have received more than 9,000 unemployment request forms.

The governor also said the General Assembly needs to either pass a budget and go home, or adjourn and he will call a special session for budget and only issues dealing with coronavirus.

Beshear said lawmakers don't need to be dealing with any other bills besides those two topics.

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