What is Open in Louisville and What is Closed
Kentucky will start re-opening in phases throughout May. This post is a sequence of events to help families see what is closed and what is open in Louisville.
Certain aspects of Kentucky’s economy have opened and from now on, there will be phased reopening.
Below is a list of what is closed and what is open in Louisville. We will continue to monitor for new information in Louisville and will update and add to this list as we can. Keep in mind that this list is generated from multiple sources and there may be a lag in updating information.
Commonwealth of Kentucky adds information to their Healthy at Work page and links to other resources pertaining to what is open and what is closed. They also have a hub page for Covid-19 related resources.
Louisville metro government page has a section for coronavirus updates. For Louisville metro residents, tracking both the state and local changes is cumbersome! We will try our best to collect the information you need about what is open in Louisville to safely get back to some sort of normal according to the guidelines provided by our officials.
The CDC has recommended that people wear face masks in public and our governor has said Kentucky will follow these guidelines in order for businesses to open. Click here for CDC recommended DIY face coverings.
When you go out, practice social distancing. Don’t touch your face! Wash your hands!
Article last updated May 26 at 8:45am
What is open in Louisville and What is Closed
These dates are GOALS
- May 11 – Protocols for opening – Manufacturing, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, professional services (at 50% of pre-outbreak capacity), horse racing (without spectators), pet grooming and boarding, photography businesses, vehicle and vessel dealerships
- May 18 – Government offices and agencies
Opening in May
- May 20 – Retail, houses of worship, funeral homes
- If you have been cleaning closets and reorganizing drawers, Goodwill is opening May 20.
- Malls can reopen at 33% capacity. However, whether or not individual stores open is up to that store so not all stores will be open, check their websites for information about which stores are open. Hours maybe restricted.
- May 22 – Restaurants at 33% capacity to indoor, outdoor seating allowed with adequate spacing, Social gatherings of no more than 10 people (NEW DATE), travel ban lifted
- May 22- Mayor Fischer opened tennis and pickle ball courts to open as well as disc golf courses and the Louisville Metro Parks’ 5 dog parks
- May 23 – Louisville metro parks open playing fields – “no pickup games, exercise only, groups of 10 of less if six foot social distancing is followed.” Not basketball courts. Restrooms open.
- May 25 – Barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses, massage therapy, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, acupuncturists
Opening in June
- June 1 – Movie Theaters (Village 8 opening 6/12/20), bowling alleys, and Fitness Centers,
- Many Kentucky State Parks opening for normal operations (yes, even lodging and you can make reservations starting 5/19 but note: beaches/playground/pools remain closed. Masks required).
- AQUATICS CENTERS (with guidance, for exercise, not for summer ‘fun’ swimming). Mary T. Meagher will open but you have to reserve a spot in advance.
- Salato Wildlife Center opening, no interactive exhibits, limited capacity
- YMCA of Greater Louisville has a phased re-opening plan. SI locations to open 5/26, select Louisville locations on 6/1. Opening is not full capacity, has limited operations, young children cannot go. Click here for the full information about which locations, the restrictions, and their safety protocols. Lap pools open for lap swim only.
- Still closed: Family pools, gymnasiums, kids clubs (opening 6/15), group exercise (opening 6/15)
- June 8 – Museums, Outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries, distilleries (with safety protocols to be provided, each place will have to make their own decisions on when to open based on the guidelines). Protocols not yet released.
- NEW June 8 – In home/smaller (10 or less children) childcare
- June 11 – Campgrounds (public and private), Kentucky Horse Park
- June 15 – (Some)Childcare and Youth Sports (low touch and outdoors) – this includes camps if they can follow the same guidelines as childcare/sports
- NEW June 30 – Bars and groups of 50 or less
Opening in July
- Coming soon
Election day is June 23
Certain minimum requirements will have to be met for places to open in addition to industry specific guidance
Mayor Fischer extended the state of emergency for the city to June 30
Kentucky State Fair
The Kentucky State Fair plans to host the fair in 2020. Please click here to see the WLKY’s article on the state fair this year. There will be some changes in place to increase safety for attendees and vendors.
Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoor Spaces & other places to visit
No playgrounds or sports areas – like tennis or basketball courts – are to be used.
Kentucky State parks are open to hiking, golfing, and picnicking only.
May 15 – Indiana Caverns is opening
May 20 – Malls can open
May 20 – Kentucky Down Under opens
June 1 – Salato Wildlife Center opening, no interactive exhibits, limited capacity
June 2 – Yew Dell Gardens
June 8 – Ark Encounter opening
June 11 – Campgrounds opening
June 14 – Big Splash Adventure opening to 50% capacity, some day passes may be available depending on capacity.
June 17 – Holiday World at 50% capacity, ‘targeted’ opening Splashin’ Safari is July 4. If you are a season pass holder, you can go earlier. Regarding safety, they will have 90 Hand “Santatizer” Stations, virtual queues, increasing sanitation procedure frequency and adding sanitation processes for high-touch point areas, including attractions. They have also added three operating days in August. Details about their changes here.
Phase 3 – At best, Kentucky Kingdom would open in July (per Governor/public health on 5/15/20 briefing)
Farms, U-pick click here
- May 22 – Restaurants at 33% capacity to indoor, outdoor seating allowed with adequate spacing
- Non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in:
- Hospital outpatient settings;
- Health care clinics and medical offices;
- Physical therapy, chiropractic offices and optometrists;
- Dental offices (but with enhanced aerosol protections)
- Outpatient surgeries and other invasive procedures – facilities will have to meet strict guidelines.
May 13 – Phase 3
- Non-emergency surgeries and procedures – 50% of their pre-COVID-19-era patient volume.
We are watching this closely
On 5/6/2020 Governor Beshear said that they are looking to add basic childcare into the phase 2 opening and should be announcing that this week. He said “I would not count on summer camp in June.” Video here.
NEW June 15- If summer camps can meet the childcare regulations, and sports regulations if it’s a sports camp, summer camps can open. (from 5/19/20 briefing)
Currently Not Open
- Professional Sporting Events – Louisville Bats / Louisville City FC (Hike/Bike/Paddle Canceled)
- Colleges to in-person classes
- Pools (Clarksville Cove, Jeffersonville Parks pool to remained closed for summer 2020, Charlestown Family Activities park will be closed for 2020)
- Jeffersonville Riverstage concerts canceled June 2020, plan to re-open in July
- Museums – maybe in July (per 5/15/20 briefing)
- Spraygrounds and splashpads
- Amusement Parks – Holiday World, see above. Kentucky Kingdom (awaiting guidance, at best phase 3 in July, they have a preparedness plan)
- Daycares/Childcare (except for essential health care workers)
- Restaurants for dine-in services – May 22 to open to some indoor and more outdoor dining
- Gyms (possibly opening June 1)
- Movie theaters (possibly opening June 1)
- Youth sports (Possibly starting June 15, outdoor only and low contact)
- State parks to overnight stays, events, camping, dining (Opening June 1 but some will stay stay closed because they are locations that are helping with the pandemic)
- Concert and performance venues
- Events (large and small)
What is open in Louisville? Pools update 4/30/2020
Stack says he knows how valuable swimming pools are for exercise and socializing. But there’s no way you can open a public pool and maintain social distancing, so they definitely won’t be open in May or June. Beshear adds this includes any communal pool, like apartment complexes.
— 89.3 WFPL News (@WFPLNews) April 30, 2020
We know you are wondering what is open in Louisville! We are watching all of this closely so families can find information about getting out and supporting businesses and having fun in a safe manner.
In the meantime……