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Kentucky's Response to COVID-19

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Face Coverings Mandate

Price-Gouging Prohibited

Executive Order on Dispensing of Pharmaceuticals

Executive Order on Utility Relief

Executive Order effective Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 13. See slides here.

  • Restaurants, Bars – No indoor food or beverage consumption; carryout and delivery encouraged; socially distance outdoor seating
  • Private social gatherings – Up to eight people from a maximum of two households
  • Gyms, fitness centers, pools, other indoor recreation facilities – 33% capacity limit; group classes, team practices and competitions prohibited; masks must be worn while exercising
  • Venues, event spaces and theaters – Each room will be limited to 25 people. This applies to indoor weddings and funerals, but excludes in-person worship services, for which the Governor will provide recommendations Thursday.
  • Professional services – Office-based businesses limited to 33% of employees; all employees who are able to work from home must do so; all businesses that can close to the public must do so
  • To view current guidance for activities not listed above visit the state's Healthy at Work website.

Executive Order effective Nov. 23. See slide here.

  • Schools – All public and private schools (K -12) to cease in-person instruction:
    • Middle and high schools will remain in remote or virtual instruction until at least Jan. 4, 2021.
    • Elementary schools may reopen for in-person instruction Dec. 7 if their county is not in the red zone and the school follows all Healthy at School guidance.


This website is Kentucky's central resource for all COVID-19 information and guidance. The COVID-19 Hotline – (800) 722-5725 – is a service operated by the health care professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. For general inquiries, please send an email to also includes weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky.

Click the following links for information on: daily incidence rate (red zone) maps; COVID-19 daily reports; COVID-19 testing; Healthy at Work guidance; Healthy at School guidance; the Department for Public Health's travel advisory; contact tracing; guidance for health care providers, labs and facilities; telehealth; KYSafer (reporting non-compliance); face coverings; and reporting price-gouging.

See red zone counties here. See red zone county recommendations here. See school guidance based on color-coded zone here.


Go to for more information and to file a claim. You can also call 1-502-875-0442 (File a Claim) or 1-877-369-5984 (Request a Payment). See other UI contact information (email and phone numbers) here.

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Visit to apply for health insurance; benefit programs covering food assistance (SNAP), child care assistance, financial aid for children and caregivers (KTAP) and more; and to learn more about local help with food, transportation, housing, employment, finances, physical and mental health are closer than you think.

To help offset the financial impact on restaurants and bars, the Governor is dedicating $40 million in CARES Act funding to provide qualifying restaurants and bars $10,000 in relief for various expenses, with a maximum award of $20,000 per business entity. Businesses with at least 50% of their sales via drive-through (during a normal year) will not be eligible. To focus on locally owned businesses, publicly traded companies are not eligible to apply.

Applications are scheduled to open Nov. 30 and close Dec. 18. Businesses will be required to remain in compliance with all public health orders. Applications will be processed in the order they are received, and funds will be awarded until they are exhausted.

Reimbursable expenses include items like: rent, employee salaries, health insurance costs, inventory and personal protective equipment. To check eligibility, or to apply, visit

The Kentucky Public Service Commission ended its moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment for the utilities it regulates on Oct. 20. To ensure there were protections when that begins, the Governor signed an executive order that ended the statewide moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment on Nov. 6, but takes additional steps to help Kentuckians.

The executive order designates $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund, which will provide relief for Kentuckians at risk of natural gas, water, wastewater or electric service disconnection.

The order will also require utilities to create a payment plan for residential customers that runs no less than six months. It will continue to waive late fees on utility bills for residential customers through Dec. 31, 2020. Apply through your local Community Action Agency.


To learn about the state’s first vaccine shipments, which could arrive as early as mid-December, click here.

Kentuckians should also visit to view the latest information available on the vaccine, including:


To see previous COVID-19 actions from Gov. Beshear, which began when he declared a state of emergency on March 6, 2020, click here.


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