KY Gov. Beshear orders nonessential businesses to close

KY Gov. Beshear orders nonessential businesses to close

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered nonessential retail businesses to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Beshear says the move is effective at 7 p.m. Central Monday.

It includes businesses such as entertainment, clothing, bookstores, jewelry stores and car dealerships. He says auto repair and parts shops are exempt.

He says businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, liquor stores and gas stations will remain open.

You can find a full list of categories of businesses that can remain open here.

Three people have died in Kentucky from the new coronavirus. Health officials say the total number of confirmed cases in the state has increased to 103.

Green River District Health officials confirmed that there are new cases of COVID-19 in their district. Director Clay Horton could not provide us with how many new cases there are but says there have been new ones.

Beshear also announced that he would mandate elective medical procedures to stop on Monday.

He had previously recommended that the elective procedures cease, but says the additional action was necessary since some groups have failed to follow the order. He said more restrictive actions were needed to protect Kentuckians.

You can watch Beshear’s full Sunday press conference in the post below.

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