Kentucky Bars and Restaurants Reopen at 50% Capacity Under New Regulations

Following the closure of bars and the reduction of indoor dining capacity at restaurants to 25% in Kentucky, both types of establishment are now able to serve customers at 50% capacity, so long as certain COVID-19 safety rules are followed.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 10:11 AM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 9:10 AM

Bars and restaurants in Kentucky were able to reopen/increase indoor capacity as of Tuesday, Aug 11.

Previously, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear closed all bars and reduced indoor dining capacity at restaurants across the Bluegrass State in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

During the governor's Monday COVID-19 update, La Tasha Buckner, Beshear’s chief of staff and general counsel, offered an update on the operations of bars and restaurants in the commonwealth.

According to Buckner, bars in Kentucky may reopen as of Tuesday, and restaurants may increase indoor dining capacity - so long as certain safety conditions are met in both types of establishment.

“Today we are issuing a new order, effective tomorrow, which will allow bars to reopen and restaurants to increase their capacity,” Buckner said on Monday. “Both bars and restaurants can operate at 50% of capacity, as long as people can remain six feet from anyone who is not in their household or group.”

Additionally, Buckner said customers in both bars and restaurants will be required to remain in their seats, except when entering, leaving, or using the restroom. Bars and restaurants will also be required to stop serving food and beverages by 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. local time.

Buckner also commented on the use of facemasks in Kentucky bars and restaurants, saying, "as the Governor mentioned previously, the face-covering requirement has been extended as of Sunday for another 30 days. Therefore, just like in other businesses, all customers and staff must wear a face covering while in the bar or restaurant except when actively eating or drinking.”

You can find the full list of regulations in place for Kentucky bars and restaurants as they begin to serve customers at 50% capacity on Kentucky's Healthy at Work website.

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