KYSAFER - Compliance

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home. However, this order only closes certain businesses that are not life-sustaining; it does not require Kentuckians to stay home. Kentuckians are encouraged to maintain social distancing – not congregating and keeping six feet between themselves and others – when outside of the home. This includes not spending more time than needed in businesses that remain open.

Life-sustaining businesses will remain open, including, but not limited to:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • All food and beverage stores, including grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out/carry-out/delivery restaurants, and liquor stores
  • Pet stores
  • Banks
  • Auto repair businesses
  • Building material stores, including hardware stores
  • Laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaning services
  • Parks, golf courses, and other outdoor recreation that allow proper social distancing
  • Retail that provides life-sustaining goods or staples, including automotive parts, building materials, specialty food stores, uniforms and accessories for public safety and health care professionals
  • Manufacturing that supports life-sustaining services and businesses or critical infrastructure sectors
  • Extractive activities, such as forestry, oil and gas extraction, and mining
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Veterinarians
  • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
  • Critical State and local government services.
  • Businesses in the critical infrastructure sectors, as identified by CISA at

In addition, retail businesses that are not life-sustaining may provide local delivery or curbside pickup of online orders. Examples include, but are not limited to, clothing stores, furniture stores, electronics stores.

Businesses that must close physical premises include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants that do not provide carryout, delivery, or drive-thru service.
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues, including theaters, amusement parks, and bowling alleys
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Indoor athletic venues
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons and barber shops, other personal grooming services
  • Manufacturing that does not support food, healthcare, or critical infrastructure
  • Professional services (must implement telecommuting and remote work to the fullest extent possible, and should only use in-person interaction to support Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Executive Order 2020-257, or where telecommuting is impossible)
  • Child day care services (excluding those providing services to health care workers, police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, EMS workers, and DCBS caseworkers)
  • Non-life-sustaining retail stores, including clothing stores, car dealerships, and furniture and home furnishing stores (but these stores may engage in phone or internet sales and curbside or delivery)
  • Museums
  • Photography studios

Businesses that do not take all reasonable steps to ensure social distancing and good hygiene violate Governor Beshear’s Executive Orders. To report such businesses, call: 1-833-KYSafer.

Yes. Even if your business is allowed to remain open, your business must take all feasible steps to stop the spread of disease and follow all CDC guidelines, including, but not limited to:

  • ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet when possible;
  • ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing or access to hand sanitizer;
  • regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • permitting employees to work from home when feasible; and
  • ordering sick individuals to leave the premises. Your business is encouraged to offer paid leave.

If your business can allow employees to remain Healthy at Home, while continuing to provide life-sustaining goods or services, it must do so.

No. If your business or organization is in the list of exempt sectors, it may still operate. You do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the state to do so. If your business is clearly life-sustaining and you request authorization to operate anyway, you should not expect a response.

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Updated on April 14th, 2020 10:21AM