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Only Life-Sustaining Businesses to Remain Open


March 26, 2020


On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear released an executive order detailing additional steps to try and contain the spread of COVID-19. Expanding upon his Healthy at Home Initiative, all businesses that aren’t one of the group considered life-sustaining will close to in-person traffic. The order goes into effect at 8 p.m. Thursday.


During all of this, the governor has said it’s important that businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, laundromats, gun stores and others remain open, although they should work to limit any kind of interactions between customers.



“With the rise in cases and knowing that these next probably two weeks are going to be some of the most important, we are going to take the next step; so effective Thursday at 8 p.m. we are going to be asking all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic,” Gov. Beshear said. “Even for those who are going to be excepted under this order, we are going to mandate that type of social distance that we have to see out there to protect our people.”

Here is a list of stores and services that can remain open according to the order:

  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants (for carry out and delivery)
  • Drug stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Meat, fish/seafood, fruit and vegetable markets
  • Beer, wine and liquor stores
  • Banks
  • Agriculture
  • Gas stations and convenience stores
  • Pet and pet supplies stores
  • Hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, heating and plumbing material
  • Stores that supply first responders and other “critical government and healthcare workers”
  • Manufacturing plants, distributors and supply chain companies for “critical products and industries”
  • Charitable and social services organizations
  • Logistics centers
  • Delivery and pick-up
  • Federal critical infrastructure
  • Media
  • Transportation
  • Automotive parts, repair, accessories and tire stores
  • Auto, truck and van rental
  • Financial services
  • Housing, building and construction
  • Mail, post offices and shipping
  • Laundry services
  • Home-based care
  • Professional services, though attorneys, accountants and those in real estate can work from home, Beshear’s office said.
  • Hotels and motels
  • Critical labor union functions, including the administration of health and welfare funds
  • Funeral services, subject to restrictions on mass gatherings and social distancing

Read the full executive order here https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200325_Executive-Order_2020-257_Healthy-at-Home.pdf.