FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - During Tuesday's daily news conference, Governor Andy Beshear announced that all non-life-sustaining businesses must close by 8 p.m. Thursday.
The executive order was issued Wednesday morning. It includes a detailed list of which businesses are considered "life-sustaining".
Those businesses include federal and state infrastructure, life-sustaining retail, food, agriculture, charitable and social services, media, gas stations and mail services.
Everyone else is asked to stop in-person operations unless it is necessary to keep the business going.
See the document below to see the full list of businesses allowed to stay open:
"We were being flooded with phone calls about 'what does this mean for our industry?'" said Emily Grant. "We work with just about every lender and real estate agent in town and they all sort of panicked."
Most of the employees can work from home, except during closings.
"Everything in the governor's order, we are allowed to remain in business provided that we comply with his mandate on social distancing and adhering to the proper hygiene guidance. So we are doing all that," Grant said. "They've limited the number of people at those signings to only those actually signing documents."
One noteworthy business that has not been ordered to close is gun stores. State law does not allow the governor to interfere with gun or ammunition sales, though they will still have to follow CDC guidelines.
If you have questions about situations where you are concerned people or businesses are not following state guidelines/orders, you can call the following hotline: 1-833-597-2337. Labor Cabinet staff will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will respond to messages left after hours.
If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.
You can also get the latest information, including things you can do to protect you and your family, by going to the state COVID-19 website here.