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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order Wednesday outlining which Kentucky businesses are considered “life sustaining" and allowed to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic.

His order suspended evictions as Kentucky residents deal with economic damage inflicted by the virus. Beshear also suspended in-person government activities at the state, county and local levels that aren't necessary to “sustain or protect life" or support life-sustaining businesses.

Under his order, businesses not deemed life-sustaining were ordered to cease operations Thursday evening, except as needed to “conduct minimum basic operations."

The governor's order spelled out which businesses can stay open.

Among businesses allowed to stay open include: grocery stores, drug stores, banks, hardware stores, agricultural operations, gas stations, media, businesses needed for transportation, logistics, shipping, delivery and pick-up, housing, building and construction, laundry, home-based care and services, professional services and hotels.

His prior orders remain in effect, including actions halting bar and restaurant in-person visits, though drive-thru, takeout and delivery can continue.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

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