Starting tomorrow, bars and restaurants in the state of Kentucky can return to 50% capacity for indoor dining, but there will be some new rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
At his press conference this afternoon, Governor Andy Beshear announced new guidelines for the service industry, which include a 10 p.m. service curfew, which gives patrons an hour to finish their meals and drinks before heading home. Bars and restaurants must close their doors by 11 p.m. They must also continue to prioritize outdoor seating and enforce a seat rule to cut down on patrons congregating at the bar and potentially spreading the virus. Social distancing and the mask mandate will still be in place.
“The biggest change for our bars is an enforced seat rule,” Beshear said. “The easiest way you can see if a bar is following the rules and regulations is everybody has a seat and everybody’s sitting in it. No congregating. You’re in that seat unless you’re going to the bathroom and then you’re back in that seat. It’s the only way we can make this work. If folks won’t do it, it will present a challenge we cannot overcome.”
Beshear said he’s making the call to increase capacity in bars and restaurants from 25% to 50% in hopes of preventing super-spreading events like house parties.
“If we don’t, people are pushed towards large house parties that we see in other states where absolutely no rules are followed. Our goal is to have the right structure and rules where people can have that outlet if they’re looking for it, but to be in a safe place and for it to be done in a safe manner. Again, this is something if folks can’t follow, we’ll have to take other steps.”
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