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Second Surge Has Kentucky Businesses and Residents Preparing for Additional Restrictions

Kentucky continues to rise in daily covid-19 cases, and this second surge of cases has residents and citizens preparing for additional restrictions.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 6:40 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 9:15 AM

More than 1500 cases added to Kentucky’s covid count on Monday.

More than 100 of those cases coming from our Western Kentucky tri-state, including more than 30 from Daviess County.

The additional 1500 cases coming just a day after the bluegrass state set a record for the most cases in a single week since the pandemic began, and this second surge of cases has some business owners concerned for the future of their business.

“I put my blood sweat and tears to put this store together in two weeks, and I’m scared. I want to be in this location," said Carli Barr, Owner of Barr Bones in Owensboro. "I want to be open. I want to people to be able to come in and shop for the holidays. It’s horrifying for everyone, because if we’ve already went through this once, and everyone barely survived that, how are we supposed to do it again?”

Barr said she’ll be able to survive a second closure, but only because she’s been able to continue selling online and on Instagram.

Twp weeks ago, governor Andy Beshear put out new red zone recommendations for counties in the red to follow.

These suggestions include reducing in-person shopping, not attending or hosting gatherings of any size, and ordering take-out instead of going into restaurants, and residents in Owensboro seem ready to follow these new recommendations.

“Absolutely," said Kristie McCarthy. "I want to keep myself and my family safe. If you don’t feel like that is important to you, I don’t understand that. I don’t understand the concept behind it. It is helping yourself. It’s helping everyone around you. It’s helping others. It may not be your family. It may be someone else’s family that you’re helping.”

Another part of the recommendations asks citizens to prioritize businesses that follow mask mandates and other social distancing guidelines, and one restaurant in Owensboro is going above and beyond to make sure their emoloyees are safe.

“One of the things we do each night," said Mike Baker, restaurant consultant for Bar Louie in Owensboro. "We have a crew that sanitizes the entire front of the house and the dining room. We have another crew in the back of the house that sanitizes the back of the house. It’s critically important to do that, and then today, this morning, we had a professional crew come in and sanitize the whole building.”

Governor Andy Beshear announced on Monday the state could add additional guidleines to citizens and businesses, depending on how Kentucky's numbers are this week.

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