Kentucky to implement 10 p.m. alcohol curfew on bars, restaurant

Kentucky to implement 10 p.m. alcohol curfew on bars, restaurant


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky will implement a 10 p.m. curfew for alcohol sales at bars and restaurants.

Speaking during his Thursday afternoon news briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear said that his team is working to finalize new guidance for the bar and restaurant industry.

“On Monday, we’ll have new guidance and a new order out for bars and restaurants,” the governor said Thursday. “While it hasn’t been fully finalized, expectations ought to be that capacity increase again to 50%, but there will be some changes.”

Bars have been shuttered now for nearly two weeks but have been given the green light to reopen Aug. 11. Restaurants have been forced to operate at 25% indoor capacity.

On Monday, the industries will face additional regulations, the governor said.

“Certainly in restaurants, we need people to prioritize outdoor seating. Even though it’s hot outside, it’s important restaurant don’t move back on that,” Beshear said, adding that there is no capacity limit to outdoor seating, but social distancing should be maintained.

For bars, expect an alcohol curfew and what the governor called a “forced seat rule.”

Bars and restaurants across the Bluegrass State will be prohibited from selling alcohol past 10 p.m., the governor said, similar to an order already in place in Ohio.

“Bars and restaurants are both going to be expected to have their very last item served at 10 p.m. There will be about an hour to let people who are served to consume and ultimately go home,” Beshear said.

Additionally, all bar patrons need to be sitting when consuming a beverage indoors.

“Bars can expect to have a forced seat rule,” the governor said, adding that patrons should only get out of their seat to use restrooms or to leave.

The move is not a surprise. The governor previously alluded to Kentucky implementing an alcohol curfew, saying it appears to be effective in other states.

Kentucky reported 516 new coronavirus cases and eight more virus-related deaths Thursday. Total statewide cases from Monday to Thursday this week were down by nearly 250 from the same period last week, Beshear said. He pointed to that as evidence that last month’s alarming escalation of infections has been halted.

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