Non-essential retailers in Kentucky told to close

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is ordering non-essential retailers to close by 8 p.m. Monday.

This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country.

In a news conference Sunday, Beshear said this included:
-book stores
-hobby stores
-clothing stores/shoe stores
-sporting goods,
-luggage, jewelry, leather goods stores
-car dealerships (dealers may provide repair and internet sales but showrooms must close)
-furniture and home furnishing stores
-electronics and appliance stores
-optical goods
-musical instruments
-used merchandise stores
-florists
-office supplies, stationary and gift stores
-cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume

Beshear says the order does not include grocery stores, pharmacies, mechanics, or gas stations.

Jarrod Greer owns the Inner Geek comic book and collectible store in downtown Ashland. He says he's having to let go 14 out of his 18 employees.

He's hoping he'll be able to hire them back, but that'll depend on how long this shutdown lasts.

"It's watching everything we worked 10 years for -- the possibility that the lights go out," Greer said. "If it's a couple weeks we'll survive that. If it's four weeks we'll survive that. If it stretches out further than that, you never know."

More than 100 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Kentucky.