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Beshear Closes Bars, Reduces Indoor Restaurant Seating to 25% Capacity

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Monday announced the closure of all freestanding bars as well as the reduction of indoor seating capacity at restaurants in the state to 25%, in an increased effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 3:12 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 7:34 PM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Monday announced two new tactics in Kentucky's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Gov. Beshear, all bars throughout the Bluegrass State will now be closed for two weeks.

"First, we're going to require bars to close for two weeks, effective Tuesday, July 28," said Beshear. "Our hope is after those two weeks that we can reopen - though we are gonna have some new, stricter guidelines."

Additionally, Beshear said indoor seating at restaurants in Kentucky will be reduced to 25% capacity. However, as long as social distancing can still be maintained, Beshear said outdoor seating at restaurants wouldn't be limited.

The Governor and the Kentucky Department for Public Health will monitor case numbers over the next two weeks with the goal of reopening bars and restoring restaurant capacity after that time.

Beshear on Monday also recommended that both public and private schools in Kentucky wait until at least the third week of August to start in-person classes.

Kentucky's governor also detailed new COVID-19 data in the state on Monday, announcing 522 new positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the Bluegrass State.

Monday's increase in new cases brought the state's number of identified cases to date to 27,601 in total - with 1,392 of those total cases being probable, and 26,209 being lab-confirmed.

Beshear also announced nine new COVID-19 deaths throughout the state on Monday, bringing the number of COVID-19 deaths in the state to 709 total.

On Sunday, Beshear said the new coronavirus restrictions he would announce on Monday would be ones that "the White House and other public health experts believe have the maximum impact."

Beshear has made other recent attempts at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky, including making masks mandatory statewide, in addition to tightening restrictions on social gatherings and out-of-state travel.

To view the order from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services covering the new restrictions going into effect on July 28, click here.

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