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Henderson Family Diner Facing Layoffs With New Restrictions

With new COVID-19 restrictions in place for Kentucky business owners once again, they're now having to lay off staff and try creative methods of making ends meet during the holidays through carryout and delivery - but it still may not be enough to stay afloat.

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 9:01 AM
Updated: Nov 20, 2020 9:51 AM

“There’s not too many mom and pop restaurants around and we’re just trying to keep our doors open right now,” said Crystal Ellis, manager of Eastgate Family Restaurant in Henderson.

With indoor seating closed once again as of Friday, Nov. 20, some Kentucky restaurant owners are having to be creative just to stay afloat.

"We were at 50% capacity and now having to do carry out, door-to-door curbside, stuff like that - it's going to be hard,” Ellis said.

And with restaurants like Eastgate not really having a lot of outdoor dining opportunities, waitresses and other staff members will have to be furloughed, and they are incredibly worried about their future once again.

"Unfortunately, we have about 15 people who are going to have to go back to the unemployment line again,” Ellis said.

Now Gov. Andy Beshear says $40M in state assistance will be spread out among restaurants and bars with each qualifying business receiving $10,000. And employees question whether or not they will get relief.

"The first shutdown -- they were a lot clearer in the beginning of what protections were in place for us and the extra unemployment,” said Eastgate waitress, Jamie Lancaster. “And so far he hasn't mentioned any of that yet. So I've lost a little bit of sleep wondering how that is going to go this time."

Other restrictions set by Gov. Beshear include private gatherings being limited to two families and attendance at indoor venues capped at 25 per room. As of now, these latest set of restrictions are set to last until Dec. 13th.

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