FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 on Thursday, May 21 at 4 p.m.
During the briefing, the governor updated residents on guidelines for reopening safely.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander announced that in-home child care programs may reopen on June 8. He said on June 15, center-based licensed child care programs may reopen to all families.
The maximum group size will be 10 children per group. Children will remain in the same groups all day and staff will be assigned to the same children all day to reduce exposure.
All adults must wear a face mask while in any child care program, whether in-home or center-based.
Children 5 years old or younger should not wear face masks, but older children may wear masks as they are able.
Friedlander said programs should stagger playground times, eliminate center-wide family events, eliminate field trips and use centralized drop-off/pick-up locations to eliminate unnecessary traffic to classrooms and reduce exposure.
He also said all programs would receive additional funding for cleaning and PPE supplies.
The governor announced auctions could be held starting on June 1. Horse shows could be held again on June 8. He said bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people or fewer, can reopen on June 29 if they meet guidelines.
Businesses that are opening on May 22 at 33 percent capacity can expand to 50 percent capacity on June 22, if they meet guidelines.
Kentucky student eligible for new emergency food benefits
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services and the Kentucky Department of Education partnered to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals.
Starting on May 23, families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance through the Department of Agriculture’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program.
You can apply or get information from June 2 through June 30 by clicking here or call 855-306-8959.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health announced 135 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths on Thursday, May 21.
At least 8,236 Kentuckians have tested positive for the virus, including 386 deaths and 3,008 recoveries.
KDPH reports 166,240 individuals have been tested for the virus in Kentucky.
On Friday, Kentucky begins to relax more COVID-19 restrictions. Restaurants can reopen at 33 percent capacity, groups of 10 people or fewer will be allowed and the state’s travel ban will be lifted.
More reopening dates in Kentucky can be found here.