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Governor Andy Beshear has issued an Executive Order stating that all non-life sustaining businesses were to cease operations by Thursday, March 28, 2020 by 8:00 pm.  Here is a list of stores and services that can remain open, per Beshear’s 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




FRANKFORT, Ky.(April 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear Tuesday put a spotlight on the need for the continued fight against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and highlighted actions taken to protect the vulnerable.

“It doesn’t matter what other states are doing. What we are doing is working. What we are doing is flattening the curve,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re responsible for ourselves, our lives and the lives of people around us. It’s crunch time. You’ve done good work to date. It’s important to do even better.”

Long-term care facilities
Gov. Beshear provided an update on actions being taken at long-term care facilities. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kentucky’s long-term care facilities had 77 reported cases of coronavirus, including 55 residents and 22 staffers. There have been 11 deaths attributed to the disease.

“We’ve lost 11 Kentuckians who were in some long-term care facilities,” the Governor said. “This is a concern, and we’ve got to make sure we prevent the coronavirus from getting in as many of these facilities as possible and react quickly and swiftly when it does happen.”

Actions being taken system wide:

  • Encourage all residents to wear masks to reduce spread of virus
  • Cancel communal dining, social activities and limit the movement of residents around the facility
  • Minimize entry into resident rooms by bundling care and treatment activities
  • Restrict non-essential personnel, volunteers and visitors from entering buildings
  • Daily intake of temperatures and shortness of breath, cough and sore throat
  • Have low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care

Green River Correctional Complex
Gov. Beshear offered an update on coronavirus cases in the Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenberg County. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Green River Correctional Complex had 14 total cases, including nine inmates and five staffers.

Among the steps being taken there, they will:

  • Extensively monitor inmate and staff health, and will move inmates to isolation unit when symptoms are reported
  • Stagger recreational time and limit the number of inmates released to increase social distancing
  • Permit and encourage all inmates to wear masks to reduce the spread of the virus
  • Temporarily close the gymnasium and cease all in-person activities such as sports, classes and chapel
  • Continue cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • Continually work with complex and medical staffers on infection control solutions for the entire facility

Western State Hospital
Gov. Beshear also provided an update on COVID-19 cases at Western State Hospital, where there were 13 reported cases, including nine patients and four staffers, at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“Our Office of the Inspector General and Secretary of CHFS (Cabinet for Health and Family Services) are working directly with Western State Hospital to make sure we are doing everything, not just to protect the patients, but also the staff,” the Governor said. “I know the staff in all of these facilities are scared. We’re going to do everything we can to work with them and protect them, but I want them to know how appreciative we are that they are helping those who truly need the help, knowing what we are facing.”

Among the specific actions being taken there:

  • Encourage all residents to wear masks to reduce spread of virus
  • Place hold on accepting new patients to decrease the spread of virus within the facility
  • Minimize entry into resident rooms by bundling care and treatment activities
  • Restrict non-essential personnel, volunteers and visitors from entering buildings
  • Daily intake of temperatures and shortness of breath, cough and sore throat
  • Have a low threshold to transfer ill residents to a higher level of care

The Governor is asking all Kentuckians to continue to fight the spread of the virus by following his 10-step guidance, which includes practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home. Gov. Beshear says these efforts have the potential to save the lives of as many as 11,000 Kentuckians.

Unemployment insurance update
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton, in an update on unemployment insurance, said they are actively training more staff, going from 12 before the pandemic to now 1,000 to 1,200 on the phones to help Kentuckians. Gov. Beshear and Deputy Secretary Benton said it is a priority to add capacity and respond to the needs of Kentuckians.

“We have also tried to stop the denied letters from being sent, and that those who have received one should ignore,” Benton said. “We have also been able to move back the date that individuals can get that 13-week extension. You are going to be notified within the week how to reopen your claim for an additional 13 weeks. This is really good news, especially for miners who have lost their jobs and exhausted their benefits.”

Testing update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health, said the effort by the state was ramping up to do 2,000 tests a day. However, he said the availability of swabs and testing materials continues to be a roadblock to wider tests.

“These tests are not for everybody. We want to make testing available for everyone who needs it and we don’t have enough testing available,” Dr. Stack said. “So in a world where resources are limited, we have to deploy a scarce resource to a greater good.”

He said he supported hospitals that decide not to administer some tests.

“If you go to hospital to get a test and they tell you that you don’t qualify, I support the hospitals in their decision-making,” he said.

Racial breakdown of cases
Gov. Beshear also talked about the racial breakdown of COVID-19 patients, which has been the subject of emerging news stories across the country.

The Governor said with about 68% of the known cases accounted for, Kentucky’s cases included about 79.25% Caucasians, 12% African-American, 2.6% Asians and 2% multiracial.

“I’m watching the debates and stories as they’re coming out nationally, and I will say they are concerning,” he said. “But they do make me proud that we expanded Medicaid, and that is for all of our people, when we did. I think it’s given us years, all of us across Kentucky to get healthy, get regimented, get the medications that we need to get on with our lives.”

Case information
As of 5 p.m. April 7, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 1,149 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 147 of which were newly confirmed.

“While this is a large number, and it is, we still don’t see the numbers going the same way in Kentucky as in so many other places,” the Governor said. “Today is the largest number we have reported, but our three-day trend is actually lower than our last three-day trend, and I’m not sure a lot of places in America can say that right now.”

Gov. Beshear said seven new deaths were reported Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 65 deaths related to the virus.

The new deaths included four men in Jefferson County, ages 42, 60, 70 and 85; two women from Lyon County, ages 72 and 94; and a woman from Adair County.

As a sign of compassion and renewal, the Governor asked Kentuckians to join him in lighting their homes green tonight in honor of the lives lost.

“The loss of these seven Kentuckians is a loss to all of us across Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “It ought to make us recommit to doing the things it takes to lose fewer and fewer Kentuckians every chance we get.”

Although the number of new cases reported today was large, Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians to see how their sacrifices were stacking up nationally.

“New York today had 731 people that they reported passed away. New Jersey had 232. Pennsylvania, 78. Indiana, 34,” the Governor said. “Those are all Americans, and we will miss all of them. I hope that gives people out there kind of a scope of why we fight as hard as we do, why we make the sacrifices we do. Why we acted so early and aggressively. And for everybody out there sacrificing: It is paying off.”

Recent Updates

Governor issues urgent plea for PPE
Gov. Beshear asked that any person, company or agency with personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate do so immediately. A new hotline (1-833-GIVE PPE) and website ( have streamlined the entire donation process. In addition, PPE donations now are being accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Louisville and Lexington.

State parks
Gov. Beshear announced the state would begin allowing first responders and frontline health care workers to quarantine in cabins at state parks in six locations across the commonwealth, which would allow them to quarantine away from their families and other loved ones if necessary. “It’s a good use of those state parks and we’re excited to do it,” the Governor said. First responders and health care personnel interested in accommodations should contact their local emergency management operations center or visit

Read about other key updates from the week by visiting Gov. Beshear’s website,

More information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit the official page for Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news,, and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 2, 2020) – As part of an ongoing effort to ensure the health and wellness of the public as Kentucky fights aggressively to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced today that the Kentucky Horse Park and Kentucky State Parks will be open to the public for daytime use only.

Effective Friday, April 3, Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Horse Park will suspend all overnight reservations for park lodges, cabins and campgrounds until further notice. All upcoming reservations will be canceled, and refunds will be issued.

Kentucky State Parks will be open to the public between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Park visitors will have access to park trails and scenic sites during these designated hours. Golf courses will remain open. Park visitors are encouraged to check the website for golf course hours of operation. All state park lodges, cabins, playgrounds and campgrounds will be closed. Food service will also be suspended until further notice.

The Kentucky Horse Park grounds will be open to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Visitor Center and park campground will be closed to the public until further notice. Park visitors will continue to have access to the park’s walking trail with a number of sculptures, memorials and equine companions.

Outdoor recreation plays an important role in fostering positive physical and mental health. Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Horse Park offer a variety of outdoor recreation activities that Kentuckians can continue to enjoy while engaging in social distancing.

While visiting park grounds, we encourage guests to follow all public health recommendations including:

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms;
  • Be prepared for limited access to restrooms and water fountains;
  • Maintain safe social distancing of the recommended six feet separation;
  • Do not congregate in groups at parking lots, trailheads or golf courses;
  • Avoid games that require close contact such as basketball and football; and
  • Move to a different location to avoid crowds.

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Park, visit the park website at

For updates on Kentucky State Parks, visit our Facebook page or



To:       Local Stores remaining open

From:  Wade White, Lyon Co. Judge Executive

Date:    3/30/20

Re:       Social Distancing/1 person per family policy/more signage


Governor Beshear and President Trump have asked all of us to increase our awareness of remaining 6 feet apart (social distancing) at our stores that remain open. We must do everything possible to limit the spread of this virus in Lyon County.

Our goal in Lyon County is to be wise, not paralyzed.  It is wise to keep 6 feet apart but when we are not – the spread could paralyze us. We need to keep as many businesses open and serving the public as possible. In order to do that we must strongly enforce social distancing.  If we do not, it will lead to further closures of our stores. We all know Lyon County is the home to people from many cities and states who are now returning to their homes or boats. We all need to be extra cautious and think of each other as we avoid this virus.

Starting Monday, March 30, 2020, by the end of the workday please post on signage – handwritten or road side – 6 feet apart strongly enforced and limit 1 person per family inside.

In addition, I will be spreading this word through all forms of media asking everyone to please be considerate of your neighbor and follow the social distancing requirement and limit 1 person per family in these stores. We can no longer have  gatherings of families inside the stores for the next few weeks.

If we can follow this policy we can limit the spread in Lyon County. If we limit the spread we will be able to remain open. This is important for our stores to follow but also the public. We need to be aware.

Thank you so much for your help!

Wade White




Land Between the Lakes, Ky./Tenn. – April 2, 2020 –  To protect public health and align with federal, state, and local guidance, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area officials are announcing the temporary shutdown of facilities, campgrounds, and developed camping areas for the safety of visitors and staff. These measures are temporary but effective immediately. A date for reopening recreation areas is currently undetermined.
The following recreation sites are temporarily shut down:
  • Elk & Bison Prairie
  • Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory
  • Golden Pond Target Range
  • Golden Pond Visitor Center
  • Hematite Lake, Trail, and Picnic Area
  • Hillman Heritage Trails
  • Homeplace 1850s Working Farm
  • Moss Creek Day Use Area
  • North Welcome Station
  • South Welcome Station
  • Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area
  • Woodlands Nature Station
  • Wranglers Day Use
Campgrounds and Developed Camping Areas
  • Birmingham Ferry Campground
  • Boswell Landing Campground
  • Colson Hollow Group Camping Area
  • Cravens Bay Campground
  • Demumbers Bay Camping Area
  • Energy Lake Campground
  • Fenton Day Use and Campground
  • Gatlin Point Campground
  • Ginger Bay Camping Area
  • Hillman Ferry Campground
  • Kuttawa Landing Camping Area
  • Neville Bay Camping Area
  • Nickell Branch Campground
  • Piney Campground
  • Pisgah Point Camping Area
  • Redd Hollow Campground
  • Smith Bay Campground
  • Sugar Bay Camping Area
  • Taylor Bay Campground
  • Twin Lakes Campground
  • Wranglers Day Use and Campground
Keep in mind, some trails, roads, boat ramps, and picnic areas may be open for use, but please recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High risk activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.
The USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public. The health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service. For the most current and accurate information about COVID-19, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at: Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at:



In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act late last week, which includes a program to provide $350 billion in loans for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. This program is separate from Small Business Administration Disaster Loans. Learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program that small businesses can apply for through local banks:
While contacting your local bank about the Paycheck Protection Program, be sure to ask them about their small business offerings during COVID-19. Banks are providing a wide range of options for small businesses designed to help alleviate the financial pressures resulting from COVID-19.
In addition, Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, who sponsored the federal stimulus package, announced a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website Monday. The portal can be accessed by Kentucky families and small businesses owners who may have questions related to unemployment insurance, low-interest federal loans, federal taxes and relief checks, federal grants, and assistance for Kentuckians traveling or living abroad.