Beshear Orders Closing Of Non-Essential Retail Businesses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered nonessential retail businesses to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Beshear says the move is effective at 8 p.m. Monday. It includes businesses such as entertainment, clothing, bookstores, jewelry stores and car dealerships. He says auto repair and parts shops are exempt. He says businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, liquor stores and gas stations will remain open. Three people have died in Kentucky from the new coronavirus. Health officials say the total number of confirmed cases in the state has increased to about 100.