This pandemic is bringing to the surface many terms that were previously seldom used.

“Social distancing” was last week’s key expression — and they’re haven’t lost any importance, by the way. This week, “essential” is the hot word.

It’s popping up universally in memes across social media platforms.

One example is Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character from “Anchorman.” The joke is “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal. … I’m essential.”

While all of that supplies some much-needed levity, none of this is a joke. Also, that doesn’t mean “non-essential” jobs or businesses aren’t important, of course.

Gov. Andy Beshear ordered over the weekend that all non-essential businesses must close. He took that a step further on Tuesday by announcing all non-life-sustaining businesses must close.

So what is the main difference between essential and non-essential? And what can stay open?

The complete order is posted on the governor’s website (https://governor.ky.gov/covid-19-response).

Grocery stores, pharmacies, financial institutions, gas stations, the postal service, carry-out restaurants, hotels, some manufacturing facilities and media operations are among businesses considered essential. It goes without saying or writing that medical facilities and first responders are also exempt from the order. However, all elective medical procedures fall under an executive order and can’t be conducted at this time.

The order will be in effect on Thursday at 8 p.m. and span at least 10 days.

Newspapers are considered “essential,” therefore, at least for now, The Daily Independent isn’t going anywhere. We’re still printing every single day and publishing content online regularly. Our product will still be at your doorstep, your fingertips or in front of your eyes — whatever way you prefer.

We’ve lifted our paywall for “breaking news” stories. We are filing every coronavirus-related story under “breaking news.” We encourage you to keep reading and watching. Stay informed, and stay entertained — we strive to provide both.

Visit dailyindependent.com for more details or to access content. Check out our E-edition. Pick up a copy of the newspaper or sign up for a subscription. We’ll still take your calls at (606) 326-2600.

Since the 1600s, newspapers have served as historic record. While our office is closed to walk-in traffic at the moment, our entire staff is shouldering this great responsibility to continue providing this essential service to our community.

You need us (we hope). We certainly need you.This pandemic is bringing to the surface many terms that were previously seldom used.

“Social distancing” was last week’s key expression — and they’re haven’t lost any importance, by the way. This week, “essential” is the hot word.

It’s popping up universally in memes across social media platforms.

One example is Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character from “Anchorman.” The joke is “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal. … I’m essential.”

While all of that supplies some much-needed levity, none of this is a joke. Also, that doesn’t mean “non-essential” jobs or businesses aren’t important, of course.

Gov. Andy Beshear ordered over the weekend that all non-essential businesses must close. He took that a step further on Tuesday by announcing all non-life-sustaining businesses must close.

So what is the main difference between essential and non-essential? And what can stay open?

The complete order is posted on the governor’s website (https://governor.ky.gov/covid-19-response).

Grocery stores, pharmacies, financial institutions, gas stations, the postal service, carry-out restaurants, hotels, some manufacturing facilities and media operations are among businesses considered essential. It goes without saying or writing that medical facilities and first responders are also exempt from the order. However, all elective medical procedures fall under an executive order and can’t be conducted at this time.

The order will be in effect on Thursday at 8 p.m. and span at least 10 days.

Newspapers are considered “essential,” therefore, at least for now, The Daily Independent isn’t going anywhere. We’re still printing every single day and publishing content online regularly. Our product will still be at your doorstep, your fingertips or in front of your eyes — whatever way you prefer.

We’ve lifted our paywall for “breaking news” stories. We are filing every coronavirus-related story under “breaking news.” We encourage you to keep reading and watching. Stay informed, and stay entertained — we strive to provide both.

Visit dailyindependent.com for more details or to access content. Check out our E-edition. Pick up a copy of the newspaper or sign up for a subscription. We’ll still take your calls at (606) 326-2600.

Since the 1600s, newspapers have served as historic record. While our office is closed to walk-in traffic at the moment, our entire staff is shouldering this great responsibility to continue providing this essential service to our community.

You need us (we hope). We certainly need you.

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