Hand sanitizer (copy)

Buffalo Trace Distillery's parent company, Sazerac, is one of many Kentucky distilleries that have ramped up production of hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the plan for Phase 1 of reopening Kentucky’s economy this week and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are partnering to help businesses make sure they have the hand sanitizer needed to protect Kentuckians.

In the last few weeks, members of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have produced and donated more than 125,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to frontline workers, first responders, hospitals and health care facilities across the state.

Now, to assist Kentucky businesses, several distillers are selling hand sanitizer to help with the requirements for business reopening.

Kentucky businesses is in need of hand sanitizer may visit www.kyhandsanitizer.com, and request hand sanitizer from a Kentucky distillery that follows Food and Drug Administration guidelines for production and labeling consistent with the World Health Organization. Orders will be filled by Kentucky distilleries and can be shipped within the state.

A list of distillers selling hand sanitizer, and how to order, also can be found on the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® website at https://kybourbontrail.com/public-sale-of-hand-sanitizer/.

“We want to thank our distilleries in Kentucky for stepping up and being innovative in this time of need and truly helping save lives. Not only does this help our businesses get back up and running and keep all employees safe, it also helps support jobs in our signature industry,” said Ashli Watts, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

“We deeply appreciate our partnership with the Kentucky Chamber and all they’re doing to help businesses during this difficult time. Many of our craft distilleries are selling hand sanitizer to businesses and the public," added KDA President Eric Gregory. "This not only helps with public safety during this pandemic, it’s also a vital stream of revenue to these small, local companies at a time when their tourism centers and tasting rooms are closed."

Gregory said many distillers, especially larger companies, also are still donating sanitizer to hospitals, first responders and frontline workers on a priority basis. Donation requests for emergency personnel also can be made through www.kyhandsanitizer.com. Gregory also cautioned to keep hand sanitizer away from children’s reach and stressed that it is for external use only, not for consumption.

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