Governor Clarifies "Healthy At Work" Approach
Individual Businesses NOT Required to Apply to Reopen
Today, April 24, the Beshear Administration has provided additional clarity regarding the Governor's "Healthy At Work" approach to reopen the economy. Following dialogue with business leaders, stakeholders, and associations, the Administration has updated the Healthy At Wo rk Website with the following language:
"Industry groups, trade associations, and individual businesses that are closed due to COVID-19 are encouraged to submit reopen proposals discussing possible strategies and challenges their business or sector will face in safely reopening. Your proposals will aid the Governor and the Department for Public Health in evaluating at what point different types of businesses may reopen safely. However, no business or business association is required to submit such a proposal in order to reopen . Once the Governor decides, with the input of businesses, local leaders, and the Department for Public Health, that it is safe to reopen a sector of business, all of those businesses will be reopened regardless of if they submitted a proposal, provided that they implement all the necessary health and safety measures recommended.

Industry groups and trade associations are encouraged to communicate with and gather input from their membership to develop and submit reopen proposals on behalf of their members. Individual businesses may submit via the online reopen form . All proposals will be evaluated according to White House guidelines and other public health criteria. This step will ensure that Kentucky businesses are able to comply with public health protocols and CDC guidelines."
The Administration has clearly stated that individual businesses are not required to submit reopen proposals, and that business associations and industry groups may submit proposals on behalf of their members via a Business and Trade Association Reopen Website . Individual businesses still have ability to submit plans as previously communicated, as well. The Kentucky Association for Economic Development appreciates the Governor's new guidan ce and looks forward to continuing to engage in the economic recovery of the Commonwealth.

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