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Kentucky bars must close, restaurants back to 25% capacity as COVID cases surge

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…

Posted by Kentucky Restaurant Association on Monday, July 27, 2020

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.


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48 Comments for Kentucky bars must close, restaurants back to 250apacity as COVID cases surge

  1. fairplay
    3:39 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    I assume this doesn’t apply to the slot machine venue at the Red Mile.

  2. Ben27
    3:44 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    The shutdown was to flatten the spike and that was accomplished. Beds are abundant and i question his authority to shutdown to cause the number of cases to go down. How many death will occur from businesses shutting down for good? No one elected you to play god! Open up the economy and only authorize shutdown, if hospital beds are being threatened by a new spike. An increase in cases is not a new spike.

    • Bluebird
      4:17 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Small businesses everywhere should absolutely be getting more help than they are. As should individuals. If we really want to beat this as fast as possible, we’ll stop bailing out mega-rich corporations who don’t need the help and start paying people to stay home. As we should have done way back in April. Take that up with the feds.

      An open economy is no good if everyone is too sick or too worried about becoming sick to go spend money in bars. Evidently we can’t trust people to wear masks and stay distant on their own. And since cases grow exponentially and take up two weeks to appear, you can’t just wait until all the ICUs are full. By then it will be two weeks too late to do anything about it.

  3. CatManDo
    3:53 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    If I get 100 people together with limited masks and no social distancing can we get into a restaurant together if we say we are protesting?

  4. lexslamman
    4:00 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter that there’s no real health factor suggesting a shutdown is necessary, there’s an election in November and that’s now driving the agenda.

    • VilleCat11
      4:06 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Ohhhh weeee…

  5. satcheluk
    4:16 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Too many Americans are like high school kids with their parents out of town. You know you should listen, but you’re just too effing stupid for your own good. Thanks for not doing the right thing, so we can stretch this out even longer.

  6. lexslamman
    4:27 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    100 million Americans will get the Covid-19 variant of coronavirus. 500,000 of them will die. This has to happen with or without shutdowns, masks and vaccines, there is absolutely no way to avoid it.

    • Bluebird
      4:44 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Everyone else has avoided it just fine.

    • lexslamman
      5:09 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Far from true. Even spots with comprehensive shutdowns are experiencing surges in cases.

    • Bluebird
      5:22 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      No one who handled it responsibly is experiencing deaths or case numbers on the scale that we are.

    • Memphis UK Cat
      5:32 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      I have always believed in this model as well. 100 Million Americans get Covid and the stat of deaths is more like 250 to 300 thousand. It is not going away until we have this exposure. This is only proionging by shutting down again. Hand made mask are a joke just like Kentucky’s governor.

  7. Jesus H. Chrysler
    4:40 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    King Andy & his merry dictatorship

  8. 4everUKBlue
    4:41 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    How do we know how many tested positive when there is no reliable test to this day? A man I know signed up for the test but when he got there it was a 2 hour wait so he left. A few days later he got a call that he had tested positive. Can’t make this stuff up.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:42 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    • Mathlete
      5:37 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      4ever… First off, yes you absolutely can make this stuff up. And they probably did. As have lots of other hucksters, conspiracy theorists, and idiots who are all making our situation worse by putting out endless disinformation to further an agenda.

      Second, there’s no reliable antibody test yet. That’s true. But a diagnostic test for active infections? There absolutely are. Several, in fact.

  9. BigBlueFoo42777
    4:55 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    If you think wearing a mask does anything to slow this down your an idiot. If everyone wore a mask the numbers would be the same. There’s nothing anyone can do about it.

    • Bluebird
      5:00 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Oh. So why is every country that wore masks about to get back to some semblance of normal? Why are we still at the kids’ table with Brazil and whatnot?

    • Mathlete
      5:39 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Bluebird – Yeah. Pretty much. South Korea never even had to shut all the way down. Japan either. Why? Masks, social distancing, access to good healthcare, and paying sick people to stay home.

  10. light my fire
    5:06 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Did he say restrictions on protesting, or is that still ok.

  11. BlueBanker18
    5:10 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    WDRB posted a map of Louisville zip codes with positive COVID cases. Very telling. Bars and restaurants aren’t the problem – shocker, right?

    • Mathlete
      5:39 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      No one goes to another zip code to hit a bar?

    • BlueBanker18
      5:44 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      The map shows positivity rates by zip code and the cases are assigned to a zip code by the infected person’s home address. The nicer suburbs rank on the lower end, plenty of people like restaurants and bars, but they don’t do a lot of protesting.

  12. madarchitect
    5:12 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    If everything to do with social distancing and the spread of disease immediately causes you to think about protests, there’s a certain term people use to describe you.

    • michaelb
      5:35 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Logical & not easily fooled

    • BlueBanker18
      5:42 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      At least in my case, I’m well aware that there were people of all races involved in the protests, but the more liberal neighborhoods of Louisville are lit up like a Christmas tree on that map. The Highlands and Germantown show just as high a positivity rate as the neighborhoods west of downtown. East end, Middletown, and Jtown, however, are on the lower end of that scale. Lots of bar and restaurant patrons throughout the city, not as much when it comes to political demonstrations.

  13. Jambluehue99
    5:30 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    To look at a raw number of cases statewide is statistically irrelevant, but that’s what they are basing their decisions on. The “spike” in cases isn’t a statewide issue, and hasn’t been since this began. Most cases are in very few counties, a majority of deaths are in nursing homes. If your neighbor breaks his leg, do you also get a cast? As silly as that sounds, that’s exactly what we are doing when we shut down the entire state. And it does just as much good.

    • Mathlete
      5:40 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Broken legs aren’t highly contagious and rarely result in long-term injury or death.

    • Jambluehue99
      5:56 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Perhaps you missed the point there Mathlete, as your logic doesn’t add up. Every area of the state isn’t experiencing the same impact from the virus, so requiring everyone to react the same to different circumstances is counterproductive.

  14. 8XChamps
    5:33 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Here we go again! Thanks King Andy!

  15. Lip Man 1
    5:53 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Good for the Governor. These half-asses methods haven’t done squad nationally. They are only making it worse. Time to bite the bullet and shut everything, COMPLETELY down except for essential services for six months or until a virus is developed.

    • Jambluehue99
      5:58 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      You go hide in your safe place and come out when it’s safe. The rest of us have lives to live.

    • Not Dan Issel
      6:38 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, shut everything down for six months, and then there won’t be anything left in Kentucky. Our economy will be destroyed, all small businesses will no longer exist, and even those who live off the public largess will no longer be paid (no tax revenue). Obviously you are someone who has never worked for a living, or else just assumes that your paycheck is guaranteed. News for you–it is NOT!! Andy is doing his best to destroy Kentucky. A six month shutdown guarantees it. You’re a fool.

    • T-Town Cat
      7:29 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      So you want everyone you call essential services to work and risk their lives so you can sit at home and look out the window for that government assistance check and that grocery delivery and the mail and that Amazon order to be brought to you? Is that what you’re saying?

  16. Heavy C
    6:31 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s see…Literally Thousands of people in the streets, in each others faces, sometimes arm in arm…sharing signs, passing around cellphones….and the gracing shows a concentration of positive tests in areas that many of the protesters live.. And A Idiot Wonders Why Someone’s Mind Goes To The Protests When Thinking Of The Spread. That’s Way Up On The Stupid Meter.

    • BlueBanker18
      8:31 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t forget throwing bottles of bodily fluids at police officers!

  17. jaws2
    6:40 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Sure this isn’t about the money. Let’s see, Today Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and a few others announced they WILL NOT enforce the mask rules! The Nazi’s are starting to lose. Yep, I called them NAZI’S!

  18. jaws2
    6:40 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Sure this isn’t about the money. Let’s see, Today Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and a few others announced they WILL NOT enforce the mask rules! The Nazi’s are starting to lose. Yep, I called them NAZI’S!

  19. mcp157
    7:06 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Read Sweden: the One Chart That Matters by Mike Whitney in the United Review

    • mcp157
      7:07 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Unz Review

    • mcp157
      7:21 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

      Bottom line in Sweden, where the government did not lock down and whose.economy did well in the first quarter of the year versus the USA, got sicker initially but developed herd immunity and is now pretty much conquered the virus, or let herd immunity do its thing.

  20. friendsofcoal
    1:36 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    The first thing that needs to happen is that the testing needs to be figured out. So many false positives that it’s crazy. I’ve got a 23 year old cousin who tested positive (no symptoms!) last Thursday. She just graduated from college not long ago and she currently lives with her Mom and Dad. Her job made all employees get tested. When she got the news her immediate family panicked and her boyfriend who practically lives with her as well. Anyway, the Mom, Dad, and boyfriend were all tested and they were all negative and It’s such bullshit!! I believe the virus is real but I DO NOT believe the numbers at all!!! When they figure out the testing then I’ll take it serious and until then I’m doing damn well what I please. I’m not a bar hopper so I could care less about that. I will do like the rest and put my mask on when entering Walmart or Lowe’s and then once I’m through the door it’s coming off.

    • friendsofcoal
      1:37 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

      Also, the false positives are being counted in the positive category.

    • Bluebird
      7:19 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

      Oof. Was this supposed to be impressive? Look at the brave man standing up for his principles, kind of. The only person who owns a mask, wears a mask to get in the doors, then takes it off when the scary Lowe’s employees are no longer watching is an insecure, inconsiderate baby. Just wear the mask. No one is impressed by your phony-bologna posturing. No one cares. They just want to buy wood and go home. You’re a pimply teenager driving down the road with your windows down and your Limp Bizkit album playing at top volume because it makes you feel cool.

  21. Bluebird
    7:21 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    Unless by “through the door” you meant “through the EXIT door,” in which case I apologize.

  22. Tej
    11:14 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    The Governor relies on medical experts like the CDC, other physicians, and has even received advice from Dr. Birx, the Whitehouse coronavirus panel member. It’s not like he makes his decisions in a vacuum.

  23. JoeMoney333
    11:36 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    Be nice if the government would take a look at where the actual problems are, Jefferson county, instead of punishing business owners across the whole state.