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Governor Beshear Details Phased-In Reopening Plan For May

Governor Beshear has laid out tentative plans for re-opening a number of businesses during May.  The phase one list includes opening up May 11th all manufacturing and construction, vehicle and marine dealerships, pet grooming and boarding, and horse racing at Churchill Downs.

During his nightly coronavirus briefing, the governor said these businesses could restart if they abide by ten rules of reopening and industry specific requirements.  Beshear said hopefully all the details can be pinned down by this weekend, allowing for a week for businesses to get everything in order. “Most of these that we put up here are gonna require specific rules that ultimately I hope we can come to agreement on with everybody, but ultimately it’s our job to ensure it’s safe and that gives us some time to do them too,” said Beshear.

Beshear envisions other front facing retailers and houses of worship opening up May 20th with reduced capacities.  Then on May 25th, if COVID-19 activity is not increasing, the governor says the door may open to gatherings or ten people or less. 

There are no plans in May to see restaurants, daycares, gyms, or movie theaters reopen.  Beshear said this summer may see summer camps and youth sports occurring.  He said public pools create significant challenges.  The governor added all of this is subject to change if there is a spike in coronavirus activity.?  Beshear reported 184 new coronavirus cases and ten deaths.

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