Starting tomorrow at 5 p.m., all freestanding bars in the state of Kentucky must close and restaurants must limit indoor capacity to 25% for two weeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the Kentucky Restaurant Association, Governor Andy Beshear made the decision today and will announce it at his 4 p.m. press conference. Outdoor seating at restaurants may remain at 100% capacity as long as social distancing measures are in place. The new restrictions will be in place until August 11.
We just heard from Governor Beshear's office. Tomorrow, Tuesday July 28 at 5 p.m. freestanding bars will close and…
The news is expected following Governor Beshear’s meeting yesterday with Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading member of the White House’s coronavirus task force. Among the recommendations from Dr. Birx and federal health officials to stem the spread of the virus in Kentucky were closing bars, cutting back on indoor dining capacity, widespread mask use, and restricting social gatherings to groups of ten or fewer people. Up until today’s order, both restaurants and bars in the state were allowed to have 50% capacity inside and unlimited outdoor seating. On Saturday, Kentucky recorded its second-highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases, with 836 new positive results and five additional deaths.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops. You can watch the Governor’s press conference below.