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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 8, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Kentucky, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Resources portal or the Louisville Metro COVID-19 Response website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Guidance Regarding Reopening of Businesses

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has provided guidance on reopening businesses. If there are no countervailing city or county restrictions:

  • As of May 11, 2020, manufacturing, distribution and supply chain businesses; construction; vehicle or vessel dealerships; office-based businesses (at 50% pre-pandemic capacity); horse racing (no fans in attendance); pet care, grooming and boarding and photography businesses are allowed to reopen;

  • As of May 20, 2020, retail businesses (at 33% pre-pandemic capacity) and funeral and memorial services are allowed to reopen;

  • As of May 22, 2020, restaurants (at 33% pre-pandemic capacity, plus outdoor seating) are allowed to reopen;

  • As of May 25, 2020, barber shops, cosmetology and hair salons; massage therapy; nail salons; tanning salons and tattoo parlors are allowed to reopen;

  • As of June 1, 2020, auctions; auto/dirt track racing; aquatic center (except outdoor pools), bowling alleys; fitness centers and movie centers are allowed to reopen;

  • As of June 8, 2020, education and cultural activities (including aquariums, distilleries, libraries and museums); horse shows and limited child care (some in-home programs) are allowed to reopen;

  • It is expected that, as of June 15, 2020, some additional child-care (center based programs and day camps) and youth sports (no-touch) will be allowed to reopen;

  • It is expected that, as of June 30, 2020, bars will be allowed to reopen.

In all cases, the reopening of businesses is subject to compliance with certain minimal requirements and industry-specific requirements that can be found here. Businesses should check for any additional city or county restrictions.

If any entity in a sector being reopened cannot comply with the minimum requirements or industry-specific requirements, they must wait to reopen until they are able to do so or until some or all of these restrictions are lifted.

Government or Lead Agency

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligible business must meet the minimal requirements as well as the industry-specific requirements that can be found here. Businesses should check whether there are additional restrictions for their city or county.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

Questions may be directed to HealthyAtWork@ky.gov

List of Additional Information

More information on the Healthy at Work program can be found here.

The relevant executive order can be found here.


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