Phase One of Beshear’s Healthy at Work Plan; restrictions lifted, businesses reopen


The first phase of reopening Kentucky’s economy has officially begun as of yesterday on Monday, May 11th.

Governor Andy Beshear has allowed construction, manufacturing and distribution, office-based businesses, pet grooming, and vehicle dealerships to reopen. In his Healthy at Work plan, horse racing without fans and photography businesses are also allowed to proceed with their events.

In addition to these businesses reopening, Beshear has also advised everyone working for or visiting an essential business to wear a mask in this phase. Beshear also said that masks are to be worn by all citizens when social distancing may not be guaranteed or even possible in certain environments, such as grocery stores.

Although those who are not wearing masks will not be fined or arrested, Beshear encouraged both shoppers and workers to protect themselves and others by not allowing the spread of COVID-19 to continue.

Additional restrictions that will be lifted include the following:

  • May 18: Government offices and agencies
  • May 20: Funeral homes and retail
  • May 22: Restaurants can seat at 33% capacity as well as outdoor seating
  • May 25: Cosmetology businesses, hair/nail/tanning salons, barber shops, acupuncturists, massage therapy, and tattoo parlors
  • June 1: Fitness centers and movie theaters
  • June 11: Campgrounds
  • June 15: Childcare and youth sports with restrictions (low touch, outdoors)
  • July 1: Bars and groups of up to 50 people