Improving COVID numbers allow businesses to operate at greater capacity

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Following seven straight weeks of declines that have brought coronavirus cases in Kentucky to their lowest level in months, Gov. Andy Beshear announced some restrictions on businesses are being eased.

The governor said that 18 types of businesses will now be allowed to operate at 60 percent capacity. They include:

  • Indoor auctions
  • Barbershops/cosmetology/hair salons
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor educational and cultural activities
  • Fitness centers
  • Funeral and memorial services
  • Government offices/agencies
  • Massage therapy
  • Movie theaters
  • Nail salons
  • Office-based businesses
  • Places of worship (recommendation)
  • Retail
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Vehicle and vessel dealerships
  • Venues and event spaces

In addition, the governor said that if numbers continue to improve, child care centers will be able to operate at full capacity in two weeks.

The latest numbers show 509 new cases reported on Monday, bringing the total to more than 405,000.

Fifteen more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 4,652.

Hospitalization statistics continue to fall, with 719 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 180 in intensive care and 82 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is currently 4.84 percent.

And only 25 of the state’s 120 counties are currently in the red zone, after nearly all went red in December and January.