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 July 2 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
- 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. SafeSplash, AquaTots, All About Kids are opening June 1.
- Salato Wildlife Center opening, no interactive exhibits, limited capacity. FREE ADMISSION until July 6.
- Altitude Trampoline Park, Defy Louisville opening June 1
- MyGym is opening with small classes June 1
- 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. Louisville Zoo information is pending.
- Louisville Free Public Library NOT open June 8 to in-person visits. They are offering CURBSIDE SERVICE.
- June 8 – In home/smaller (10 or less children) childcare
- June 10 – Louisville Slugger Museum opening
- June 11 – Campgrounds (public and private), Kentucky Horse Park
- NEW – Louisville Zoo is open. Guests will be asked to follow a one-way route through the Zoo. Indoor exhibits, rides, and playgrounds will remain closed. All staff will wear masks, guests age 5 and over encouraged to wear masks. Limited menus available at some outdoor food kiosks bottle refill stations available. Outdoor picnic areas have been arranged to ensure social distancing.
- June 12 – Clarksville Parks Playgrounds opening. Jeffersonville Parks reopening.
- June 12 – Renaissance Fun Park is OPEN
- June 15 – (Some)Childcare and Youth Sports (low touch and outdoors) – this includes camps if they can follow the same guidelines as childcare/sports
- June 15 – Shaker Village is open (if you want a day trip)
- June 19 – KMAC is open
- June 20 – Waterfront Botanical Gardens – limited hours and capacity
- June 29 – Kentucky Kingdom reopened
- NEW June 29 – SWIMMING – Beaches; Swimming pools, wading pools, wave pools; Competition swimming pools and diving pools; Water slides and spray pools; and Spas, therapeutic pools, hydrotherapy pools, and whirlpools. Remember, these are guidelines on how these facilities CAN open but some of them may choose to remain closed. Check with your specific pool/sprayground of interest to see if they will open this summer. Click here for sprayground updates.
- NEW June 29 – Lake Beaches will open for swimming at lakes managed by US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District. This includes Nolin, Barren River, Green River, Rough River.
- June 30 – Bars and groups of 50 or less
Opening in July
- Salato Phase 2, see their Facebook page for full details.
Kentucky State Fair
The Kentucky State Fair will take place in 2020: August 20-30. 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
In our area around Louisville in Kentucky, no playgrounds or high-contact sports areas – like basketball courts – are to be used. Tennis/disc golf have been opened at Louisville metro parks. Open sports fields can be used but only for groups of 10 or less with social distancing – no pick-up games. Southern Indiana playgrounds and sports areas are now open, not spraygrounds.
Here are some other places you might want to visit that we have not listed above
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 1 – Many Farmer’s markets are open
June 2 – Yew Dell Gardens
June 8 – Ark Encounter opening
June 11 – Campgrounds opening, Louisville Mega Caverns open
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.
June 20 – Waterfront Botanical Gardens opens (free admission) from 12-3 on Saturdays and Sundays
June 22 – Newport Aquarium phased reopening. First to members, then general public.
June 29 – Kentucky Kingdom
NEW June 29 – All About Kids Open Gym reopening. Oldham County- Monday-Thursday 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Louisville- Monday-Thursday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. You must be a member ($30 annually) – pre-registration required.
July 1 – Muhammad Ali Center
NEW July 6-26 – Bernheim reopening to members, starting July 27 it will be open to anyone.
Farms, U-pick click here
Spraygrounds in the area are STARTING to open but MANY remain closed. Click here for updates.
NEW July 3 – Silo Lookout opens at the Parklands
- 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
- Schools – see information here.
- Professional Sporting Events – Louisville Bats / Louisville City FC (games starting in July) (Hike/Bike/Paddle Canceled)
- Colleges to in-person classes
- Many 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
- Libraries – open only for curbside. Click here for details.
- Museums – maybe in July (per 5/15/20 briefing)
- Many Spraygrounds and splashpads (potentially being treated like recreational swimming/pools). Click here for specific updates
- Playgrounds (some Indiana playgrounds are open)
- Concert and performance venues
- Events (large and small)
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……