Kentucky Tourism COVID-19 Response Efforts

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet is collaborating with state public health officials and agency partners to monitor the spread of COVID-19 both domestically and internationally as well as coordinate response efforts in the event the virus spreads to the Commonwealth.
As COVID-19 spreads internationally, we are urging the public to adhere to the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and take necessary precautions if traveling abroad. Currently, there are no travel restrictions in the United States and no indication that domestic travel should be altered due to public health concerns.
While the risk of COVID-19 to the public in Kentucky remains low at this time, we recognize that this situation could change. Public health officials continue to monitor individuals who meet certain criteria and are also preparing for the probability of the virus spreading within the Commonwealth.
Every state without COVID-19 cases has been advised that this is highly likely that the situation will change, therefore it is imperative that the tourism industry be prepared for the potential spread of the disease. At this time, it is too early to speculate whether large public events will be impacted by COVID-19, but Kentucky is prepared to make those decisions if necessary to protect public health.
The Cabinet is urging our internal agencies and tourism partners to develop contingency and emergency preparedness plans to minimize the impact of the virus on tourism. In an effort to ensure Kentucky’s tourism industry has consistency in our response to the potential spread of COVID-19, we ask that you contact the following individuals to coordinate best practices for public venues and tourism attractions.
For the latest information and guidance relating to COVID-19 prevention, please visit 
For general guidance for tourism response best practices, please contact Commissioner Mike Mangeot, Department of Tourism.
For guidance on contracted properties and venues, please contact Sarah Cronan, General Counsel.
For media inquiries and messaging, please contact Danielle Jones, Executive Director of Public Affairs.
For personnel policies and procedures, please contact Cannon Armstrong, Executive Director of Human Resources.
We encourage our agencies and tourism partners to follow any guidance offered by federal and state health officials to prevent the spread of the virus to the Commonwealth. The CDC has several fact sheets to educate the public as information changes:
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC Protects and Prepares Communities
For more information on COVID-19 visit or
Thank you for your efforts in helping Kentucky tourism prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19. The Cabinet will continue to monitor the situation closely, and provide updates as information becomes available.
Secretary Mike Berry, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

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