Steps would begin after a 14-day decline in COVID-19 cases
SOMERSET, KENTUCKY (April 22, 2020) — In response to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s request for ideas and plans to re-open businesses safely and strategically, Mayor Alan Keck has developed a proposal for Somerset that he hopes will open dialogue about how the community’s residents can get back to their life’s work.
“The state of Kentucky has been a leader in early social distancing efforts and flattening the curve to combat COVID-19,” Keck said. “I look forward to collaborating with the governor to help re-open our community in a responsible, strategic way.”
The plan follows federal and state guidelines for re-opening in phases only when there has been a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases during a 14-day period. Once that milestone has been reached, the city proposes measures that would allow:
- Chiropractors, optometrists, dentists, elective procedures, and personal and professional services (hair stylists, barbers, pet groomers, attorneys, etc.) to open immediately following a one-in-one-out patient model;
- Retail establishments, restaurants, gyms and personal trainers to operate at 50 percent capacity while following strict social distancing, PPE and sanitary guidelines specific to their industries.