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Businesses brace for new COVID-19 restrictions

Posted at 11:10 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 23:26:13-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — As hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 continue to rise across the commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear says he'll announce new restrictions on Wednesday to slow the spread of the virus.

The details of those restrictions had not yet been released as of Tuesday night, but already, some who work for small businesses shared concerns about the impact they may have.

"If this is the sacrifice that my business has to make to try to help with this, fine," said Chris Geisler, Co-manager of Banners Sports Bar in Lexington. "I just want to know who's going to help take care of my people who will be impacted by it."

Gov. Beshear said there would not be a shutdown like the one that happened in March. Instead, he said the restrictions announced Wednesday would be more targeted.

"Our hope is that it will provide as little disruption as possible," Gov. Beshear said.

Assistance will also be available for some people impacted by the changes. Tuesday's report of 33 coronavirus-related deaths was the highest since the pandemic began.

"Asking nicely hasn't gotten the results that we need and we gotta take some strong action to save lives," Beshear said.

Geisler said he felt confident Banners would continue to adapt but was hopeful for answers soon.

"Just a lot of uncertainty," he said.