UPDATE: New Stay at Home Orders, Ohio and Kentucky


To all Clients and Friends of KMK,

We hope that you remain well through this difficult time. Our thoughts continue to be with everyone affected by COVID-19. The purpose of this e-mail is to provide you with a copy of Ohio’s Stay at Home Order which was issued earlier today and to inform you of Kentucky Governor Beshear’s very recent announcement that all “Non-Life Sustaining Retail” Businesses in Kentucky will be ordered closed. KMK Law remains open to help you through this, including helping you determine if your business is deemed to be an “Essential Business” as provided by the Ohio Order or a “Life-Sustaining Retail Business” as provided by the Kentucky Order.

The Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a Stay at Home Order today effective Monday at 11:59 PM providing that, absent numerous exceptions, all individuals currently living within Ohio are ordered to stay at home or their place of residence. The Order continues until April 6 unless earlier rescinded. Importantly, all “Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open.” The Ohio Order outlines the listing of Essential Businesses and Operations. Legal services and title services are expressly called out as exceptions to the Order. Accordingly, KMK Law remains open, and we are pleased to help you navigate through this. The Ohio Order is self-executing for Essential Businesses, so no special permission is required from the State to be considered an Essential Businesses. Section 18 provides important information and a checklist for businesses / employers. Please see our blog post on our website at kmklaw.com for further information. A copy of the Ohio Order can be found here.

Also today, Kentucky Governor Beshear issued an Order that all “Non-Life Sustaining” Businesses will be ordered closed to in-person traffic effective 8:00 pm on Monday. The Order can be found here.  

The Kentucky Order is also self-executing and effectively shuts down the following types of stores, among others: clothing, entertainment, sporting goods, shoes, jewelry, florists, furniture, bookstores, auto dealers (repair and part stores remain exempt as does auto, truck and van rentals). Kentucky’s Order does not apply to grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores, banks, veterinary offices, pharmacies, drug stores or UPS, among other exclusions. All Kentucky retail businesses can provide local delivery and curbside service of online or telephone orders. KMK Law remains open and we are encouraging our employees to work remotely.

Many of our KMK Law attorneys and staff continue to work remotely, and our office also remains fully operational. We are committed to continue to provide you excellent client service.  

Please continue to reach out to your primary KMK Law contact attorney, and we will assist you.

Thank you, and stay healthy!

Alan S. Fershtman
Managing Partner


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