On Tuesday, April 21, Governor Beshear announced detail on the Commonwealth's process through which the economy will begin to reopen. Known as "Healthy at Work," the initiative is a two phase approach that relies upon public health guidance and communication from businesses and associations.
Phase 1 is a state-readiness evaluation, during which the Kentucky Department for Public Health will determine whether Kentucky has met benchmarks based on the White House Guidelines for Reopening America.
Benchmarks for Reopening Economy
- 14 Days of Decreasing Cases
- Increased Testing Capacity on Contact Tracing
- PPE Availability
- Ability to Protect At-Risk Populations
- Ability to Social Distance & Follow CDC Guidelines
- Preparedness for Possible Future Spike
- Status of Vaccine & Treatment
Phase 2 is an individual business readiness evaluation, during which the Commonwealth will evaluate businesses’ ability to safely reopen. Businesses closed due to COVID-19 may begin submitting reopen proposals via an online reopen application.
Businesses opening May 11, 2020, should follow the guidelines included for their respective businesses.