COVID-19 Updates, Resources for KY Small Businesses

Date: April 23, 2020

Kentucky begins phased reopening

Governor Beshear has announced the phased restart of Kentucky’s economy will begin on April 27 with a segment of the health care services industry. The easing of restrictions will allow for diagnostic and radiology testing, as well as non-urgent, emergent, in-person office, and ambulatory visits.

The phased reopening of healthcare services is the first under the governor’s Healthy at Work initiative introduced on April 21 to help businesses reopen safely. The initiative set out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America. Click here to learn more about Kentucky’s phased reopening.

The governor is also asking businesses to submit their best practices to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses may submit their plans at

Limit on number of customers in stores

Governor Beshear signed an executive order on April 8 limiting the number of customers allowed into “list-sustaining retail businesses.” Under the order, only one adult per household will be let in. There are exceptions for children or adults who cannot be left without supervision. The order also calls for a stop for unsolicited, in-person solicitations. Read the order here.

Non-life-sustaining business to close 

On Tuesday, March 24, Gov. Andy Beshear said all “non-life-sustaining businesses” will be asked to close to in-person traffic effective 8 p.m. Thursday. 

Businesses that can stay open include grocery stores, drug stores, banks, hardware stores, agricultural operations, gas stations, media, businesses needed for transportation, logistics, shipping, delivery and pick-up, housing, building and construction, laundry, financial services, home-based care and services, professional services, manufacturing and other businesses key to national interests or life-sustaining goods or services, and those covered under the federal critical infrastructure sector. Learn more here.

Economic disaster area

The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared Kentucky an economic disaster area. COVID-19 has forced businesses across the commonwealth to close or limit services to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Click here to read the SBA’s declaration.

To keep up with the latest information from state officials concerning the coronavirus, visit


All resources, webinars, news releases, and lobbying activities can be found on this landing page. On it, you will find such information as:

  • NFIB Legal Foundation and NFIB Research Center webinar, How Small Business, Workers, and Workplaces Should Respond to Covid-19. Click here to listen to the 42-minute presentation

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