Western Kentucky Businesses Feel COVID-19 Impact

Right now in Kentucky in-door capacity is set to 50% while outdoor seating is unlimited as long as CDC guidelines are followed.

Posted: Oct 22, 2020 9:31 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2020 7:20 AM

Patio seating has been working in favor of business owners, but with colder weather near, there are some concerns.

The Cafe on Water Street in downtown Henderson opened in July 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic. With indoor seating limited to allow proper social distancing.

Business owner Alisa Sugg has roughly 10 tables inside her restaurant.  Sugg is concerned about the colder months, not being able to fill all her tables because of state mandates.

With six staff members, her new business could take a hit this winter if the COVID-19 case count continues to climb at the current pace.

"You know it was a little challenging at first when we opened up, I know we are in the middle of a pandemic, But things always come back, I felt like even though this was a risk, it was a risk I was willing to take, the community has supported us here in Henderson" says Alisa Sugg owner of Cafe on Water Street.

Right now, in Kentucky in-door capacity for restaurants is set to 50% based on current guidelines.  Outdoor seating is unlimited as long as CDC guidelines are met.

Masks are required at all times when not sitting at table.

Staff are required to wear gloves and menus should be sanitized after every use or disposed of.

Like many other businesses, The Cafe on Water Street is taking things a step further, thier tent on the patio will be open year around to provide more tables for families to enjoy thier meal while staying safe and socially distancing.

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Sure, yesterday's passing cold front and lingering rainfall made for a cooler-than average, fall-like day across the Tri-State - today on the other hand, was a bit more summer-like. The core of high pressure flowing in behind that cold front has now settled to our east and is actively pumping southerly winds, more heat and gulf humidity back into the Ohio valley. As a result, temperatures pushed back into the mid 80s for the majority of the region; the added humidity even made it feel a few degrees hotter as well. As for the rest of the evening, conditions will remain dry with temperatures gradually falling from 80° around dinnertime into the mid to low 70s by 10PM. The combination of added cloud cover overnight and those aforementioned southerly winds will help keep temperatures mild tonight - we'll only dip as low as 67° early Friday morning in the River City.
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