In Thursday’s update, Governor Andy Beshear said numbers continue to show a plateau of cases as he reported 135 new cases and 10 new deaths.
With that trend in mind, the governor announced some other re-openings and guidelines as Kentucky continues to try to rebuild the economy.
Auctions have been added to the list of openings for June 1, 2020. Horse shows can open on June 8, 2020. June 29, 2020 is the expected date for groups of 50 or less and bars to open.
In-home childcare providers can open on June 8, 2020. This includes providers who take care of ten children or less in a small, family atmosphere.
Larger providers can open on June 15. They ask providers to stagger playground trips among groups, temperature and wellness checks for everyone on entry, eliminate center-wide family activities and field trips, and centralized pick-up and drop-off. They ask there be ten or less children in a group, the groups stay together all day, and the staff also stay within those groups. Children under five are not required to wear a mask. Older children may wear masks as they are able. Adults are asked to wear masks in childcare centers.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace those meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said these parents will be provided some additional benefits so they can use that to feed their children so they don’t go hungry because they are missing meals at school.
Families who already receive assistance can receive P-EBT in addition to other benefits their household may get. Children who already receive SNAP, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program assistance, Kinship Care or Medicaid will automatically receive P-EBT on their EBT cards and do not need to apply separately. P-EBT benefits will be added to existing EBT cards no later than May 28. Families of all other children must complete a short online application and will be mailed an EBT card with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Apply or get information from June 2 through June 30.
Students who became eligible for free or reduced lunch after March 13 are eligible for P-EBT.
For more information log onto https://benefind.ky.gov or call 1-855-306-8959.