Gov. Beshear Announces Opening Dates for Kentucky Restaurants, Movie Theaters and Gyms

Restaurants, with limited indoor capacity and unlimited outdoor seating (if they have the space), are the first to reopen on May 22

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Gov. Andy Beshear

In his COVID-19 press briefing on May 7, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced the next wave of business openings for the state economy. 

Beshear is calling this the Healthy at Work Phase 2 and said all businesses slated to reopen must still follow the state's 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidelines. If guidelines haven't be released yet for a specific sector, the governor's office said they will be issued as soon as possible.

Here's what can open when:

  • May 22 – Restaurants, with limited 33 percent capacity and outdoor seating
  • June 1 – Movie theaters, fitness centers
  • June 11 – Campgrounds, public and private
  • June 15 – Child care, with reduced capacity; and potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports

“That is when we are opening our restaurants on a limited inside capacity plus unlimited outdoor seating if they can get the spacing that is needed,” Beshear said in a press release. “This allows restaurants to be open for Memorial Day weekend, but please be careful.”

During Phase 3, which he said is coming July 1, bars will be allowed to reopen, with limitations, and gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed to resume.

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