Gov. Andy Beshear’s order stating only life-sustaining businesses may stay open adds little new effect as most businesses that would be closed under the order had already closed their doors.
According to the order teased by Beshear on Tuesday and issued on Wednesday, numerous businesses are allowed to stay open. Those businesses allowed to remain open have been deemed “life-sustaining” and include many retail businesses, food and beverage providers, transportation, media and healthcare.
The order builds on a previous order which asked many businesses to close in order to help stop the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.
In his address Tuesday, Beshear said professional services businesses, such as law offices, real estate offices and other similar businesses should close. He said the majority of the work performed by those businesses can be performed from home.
According to his order issued Wednesday, all businesses allowed to remain open must practice social distancing and ensure that regular cleaning and disinfecting activities are conducted regularly.