Kentucky businesses closing down their indoor dining at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
And for many, this new mandate could be critical to the survival of their business, butut one business in owensboro is adapting to the new rules
The Brew Bridge opening up in March of this year and has already been forced to close down before and let go of some employees, but now facing a second partial closure, this business is adapting, instead of closing their doors.
“We’ve purchased about seven tents for outside," said David Haynes, Co-owner of The Brew Bridge. "They hold the state maximum of eight people, and we have a heater inside of them, so we have space outside, in just our tents alone, for about 50-ish people, and then we are also paneling our outdoor patio to accommodate as well.”
And The Brew Bridge not only investing in tents and heaters for their new and improved outdoor seating area, but they’re also investing in ways to keep their customers safe and healthy.
“We actually have this kind of ghostbusters rig," said Hynes. "It’s called a virus-cide mister, so we literally put on these haz-Mat suits, and we come out here with what looks like a little vacuum cleaner, and we spray down the tents with it, but essentially, what that does, is it mists down all of our tents, so even our enclosed spaces are extremely sanitized and well off for people.”
Governor Beshear’s mandate allowing for outdoor dining with proper social distancing so The Brew Bridge taking full advantage of that, and they're making these investments in safety and outdoor dining to help keep their staff in tact before the holiday season.
“I don’t think there’s many businesses, especially in Owensboro, Kentucky that can survive two months without making any money," said Haynes. "We’re trying to keep our workforce on 100% in tact. We’ve already been through re-staffing twice, and we don’t want to do it a third time.”
Brew bridge said their new outdoor tents and heaters will be ready for customers to try out tonight.