Gov. Beshear Revises COVID-19 Curfew on Kentucky Bars and Restaurants

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that Instead of 10:00 p.m., bars and restaurants in the Bluegrass State may now have the last call at 11:00 p.m. and be closed by midnight.

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 3:39 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 8:56 AM

As of Tuesday, bars and restaurants in Kentucky won't need to close their doors as soon as they once did.

"Today, as of 4:00 p.m., we are revising guidance on our bars and restaurants as it pertains to their curfew, to add an hour for their operations," said Gov. Beshear during his Tuesday COVID-19 update.

Beshear said that Instead of 10:00 p.m., bars and restaurants in the Bluegrass State may now have the last call/last service at 11:00 p.m. and be closed by midnight.

According to Gov. Beshear, the change in guidance comes with the return of sports.

"Especially with sports coming back, some of the games can now go until 11:00 p.m.," said Beshear. "So as of today the last call/last service will move from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the facility needs to be closed by midnight."

Beshear urged the public to follow the guidance on restaurants and bars closely.

"Let's make sure that whether you're in that industry or any other that has some rules and regulations that you're trying to do it right and we're not trying to find a way to get around it," said Gov. Beshear. "that just not only hurts you and your facility and the people that come to it, but it hurts everybody around as well."

Under the current stage of Gov. Beshear's "Healthy at Home Plan," Kentucky bars and restaurants can operate at 50% capacity - though the use of outdoor seating has no boundaries, so long as six feet in social distancing is maintained between patrons.

You can see a full list of rules and regulations for bars and restaurants in Kentucky in the Healthy At Work Bars and Restaurants document.

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