Kentucky Businesses Brace for New Reality as Statewide Restrictions Take Effect

The new, targeted COVID-19 restrictions went into place at 5 pm, as Governor Andy Beshear hopes to gain control of the virus across the Commonwealth.

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 11:07 PM

The days of Kentucky's COVID-19 recommendations have come to an end, replaced now with Governor Andy Beshear's targeted, statewide restrictions.

The new mandates took effect at 5 pm Friday, and once again, restaurants and bars will most likely be taking the brunt of the impact.

For the next three weeks they must now rely on outdoor dining, delivery and takeout because indoor service is no longer allowed.

By closing dining rooms however, it could mean big problems for restaurants, not just with sales, but when it comes to their employees.

"Some of the servers, they won't be able to work, so having to let some of our employees take time off -- it's unfortunate with the holidays coming around the corner," said Josh Harris, manager at Rockhouse on the River in Henderson. "So we're just trying to build the carryout at much as we can and support all of our employees as much as we can."

With the new mandates, Harris said business will have to adapt.

"This being the second time we've had to do it, we're kind of more experienced, and we're going to implement a curbside service and different things like that and execute the drive-thru betterch," he said.

They're changes all our western kentucky communities will have to make, and it's not just restaurants and bars, but nearly every aspect of public life.

Gyms and fitness centers must limit capacities to no more than 33% and everyone must wear a mask while inside.

Theaters and other indoor venues can only permit 25 people per room.

Social gatherings should be limited to two households exceeding no more than 8 people. 

Offices should only operate at 33% and if employees can work from home they should do so.

The restrictions are set to last through Sunday, Dec.13.

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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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