By John Stamper
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered all non-essential retailers in Kentucky to close to in-person traffic by 8 p.m. Monday in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Retail businesses that are deemed non-essential by the order may still provide local delivery and curbside service of online or telephone orders.
Essential retail businesses that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic must follow, to the fullest extent practical, the social distancing and hygiene guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Department for Public Health. This includes separating employees and customers by at least six feet, regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, enforcing regular hand washing and ordering sick individuals to leave the premises.
Here’s the full list of retailers that can continue operating as normal and retailers that must close to in-person traffic:
▪ Auto parts, repair, accessory and tire stores
▪ Auto, truck and van rentals
▪ Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers
▪ Banks, credit unions, check cashing, wire transfer and other financial services
▪ Food and beverage stores, including grocery stores, supermarkets, specialty food stores, meat markets, fish and seafood markets, fruit and vegetable markets, and beer, wine and liquor shops.
▪ Pharmacies and drug stores
▪ Gasoline stations and convenience stores
▪ General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters
▪ Pet and pet supplies stores
▪ Firearms and ammunition stores
▪ Carry-out, drive-thru and delivery sales of food and beverages
▪ Auto dealers
▪ Other motor vehicle dealers
▪ Furniture and home furnishing stores
▪ Electronics and appliance stores
▪ Cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores
▪ Optical goods stores
▪ Other health and personal care stores
▪ Clothing stores
▪ Shoe stores
▪ Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
▪ Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book stores
▪ Department stores
▪ Office supplies, stationary and gift stores
▪ Used merchandise stores▪ All other miscellaneous store retailers