Many KY Businesses Can Increase To 60% Capacity
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - On Monday, Governor Andy Beshear announced that restaurants, bars, theaters and 15 other businesses can increase capacity to 60 percent as the state completes its seventh straight week of declining COVID cases.

Beshear confirmed the lowest number of new cases since September 28, and the lowest positivity rate since October 18. Kentucky's positivity rate currently stands at 4.84 percent.

"We've never seen what we are seeing now in terms of a downward trend," said Gov. Beshear. "COVID hospitalizations, ICU admittance and those needing a ventilator have either decreased or stabilized. We will watch and see to ensure we don't see a corresponding increase in cases."

Under the new guidelines, the following businesses can increase capacity:

• 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

Beshear has also signaled his support for increasing child care capacity to regular group sizes on March 15 if the current trends continue.

On Monday, Beshear confirmed 509 new cases and 15 deaths. McCracken County was included on the list of top counties with the most positive cases.

You can see Beshear's full update below.

On the Net:

Kentucky Dept of Health COVID statistics dashboard

Published 05:50 PM, Monday Mar. 01, 2021
Updated 08:13 PM, Tuesday Mar. 02, 2021



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