LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Kingdom will be allowed to reopen on June 29, the same week that some public pools may be allowed to reopen with restrictions, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.
The amusement park "will look very different" under its proposal to resume operations during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the governor said.
About half the park will be open to the public at first, Beshear said. Kentucky Kingdom officials have previously released their plan to reopen, including measures like offering hand-sanitizing stations, strictly enforcing social distancing, and checking the temperatures of employees and guests.
Park officials have previously said they would need at least three weeks to prepare for the phased reopening of Kentucky Kingdom, which will require the hiring of 1,400 workers.
"We will need three weeks to allow for onboarding, training, and certification of up to 1,400 seasonal team members," Ramon Finch, the park's attractions training and administration senior manager, said in a Tuesday news release. "Without a date certain to reopen, it becomes more difficult for us to achieve this.”
A limited reopening of pools may be allowed the week of June 29 as well, Beshear said.
"It's not going to be easy to meet that guidance," he said. "... There will be very limited capacity, and we'll have to ensure that we can meet social distancing guidelines."
Kentucky's unemployment insurance database also experienced a data breach on April 23, allowing some who had completed the filing process to see sensitive information on verification documents that others had filed.
Josh Benton, deputy secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, said the unemployment insurance portal was taken offline completely within hours of staff noticing the issue. The matter was resolved entirely by midnight April 24.
He said there's no evidence that filer information was stolen in the breach.
"I believe right now it's all based on just a handful of reoprts of individuals who are on there for legitimate reasons to file their claims that were able to see sensitive documents from other people," Beshear said.
"We dont have one reoprt of an external group seeing it or a con artist using it."
Beshear said those whose information was available for viewing by other unemployment filers will be notified of the breach and that the unemployment insurance fund will be transferred to the purview of the Labor Cabinet, saying employees there are better equipped to adjudicate unemployment claims.
Benton said 10,000 who filed unemployment claims in March haven't been paid while 30,000 who filed in April are waiting for their first checks.
Beshear also announced Thursday that all Kentucky state parks will be allowed to reopen on June 1.
Park employees will enforce social distancing and take limited bookings, he said.
"My goal is for them to be a model for other people on how to od it, but it's going to be important that we promote that when you see something wrong, you've got to speak up because if you don't, a virus can be spreading and spreading and spreading and spreading," Beshear said.
Nine additional Kentuckians linked to COVID-19 have died and that the state has recorded 113 new cases of the disease, the governor announced.
"This number continues to show a decrease that we should all be very grateful, very thankful for but very committed to ensuring that it continues," Beshear said.
In all, Kentucky health officials have identified 9,184 COVID-19 cases and 409 deaths linked to the disease.
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