Restaurants, bars may operate at 50 percent capacity, must close by 11

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear’s chief of staff and general counsel, La Tasha Buckner, offered an update on bars and restaurants operating in the commonwealth.

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

She said the reopening and increase in capacity comes with new requirements to avoid another spike in COVID-19 cases — First, customers in both bars and restaurants, will be required to remain in their seats, except when entering, leaving or using the restroom. Second, bars and restaurants will be required to cease food and beverage service by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. local time.

“Third, as the governor mentioned previously, the face-covering requirement has been extended as of Sunday for another 30 days,” Buckner added. “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.”

The full list of requirements is posted on the Healthy at Work website.

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