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.

View the mayor’s proposal in its entirety.