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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The combination of sunshine and southerly winds will make for another unseasonably warm day throughout the Ohio Valley - expect an afternoon high temperature near 69° this afternoon. Some areas could even see temperatures well into the 70s. Friday evening looks as though it will be just as pleasant; after seeing the upper 60s earlier in the day, we'll dip to 60° by 5 PM before falling towards 54° around 7 o’clock. We are however, watching a passing cold front that is expected to pass through the Tri-State late Friday evening and early Saturday morning. We won't see any rain from this front, but it will cool temperatures into the low 40s by Saturday morning.
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