KENTON COUNTY, Ky. — Bars and restaurants are adjusting to a new reality Tuesday.
Governor Andy Beshear announced closing bars and limited capacity for restaurants just a day before.
Beshear took these actions for the next two weeks in hopes to decrease positive coronavirus case numbers.
It's the second time in 2020 the bars and restaurant industry has been impacted.
“It’s just a kind of punch in the gut. You just get shut down, can’t do anything about it,” said Amy Mobley, owner of Bar 32, in Covington.
Mobley is spending a couple of hours Tuesday serving the last few drinks. For the next two weeks, her bar will remain closed along with all others in the Commonwealth.
“I’ve been trying to not order like crazy because we kinda had a feeling this was going to be happening we just didn't know when. Honestly, I thought it would been a week or so ago,” Mobley said.
Closing bars and dropping the capacity from 50 percent to 25 for restaurants are actions Beshear took Monday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Matt Grimes is the owner of Colonial Cottage in Erlanger as well as a Board of Director for the Kentucky Restaurant Association.
“We got a PPP loan, we paid our people, and to meet the marks for it to be forgiven we have to maintain that employment, and at 25 percent capacity it’s going to be very difficult to maintain that employment,” Grimes said.
Grimes said he’s fortunate to be open but wishes the governor used the concerns of the KRA into consideration to come up with a different solution.
“My rent’s not going to go down. My energy bill is not going to go down, my insurance costs aren’t going to go down but my earning capacity has been cut and I just felt like we should have been at the table and involved in these discussions,” Grimes said.
The restaurant owner said there’s a majority of places that are following the guidelines and shouldn’t have to face this consequence for those who are enforcing the safety rules.
Restaurants can offer outdoor dining at 100 percent capacity. The new rule remains in effect until August 11.