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Franklin County restaurant prepared for impact of 'red zone' guidelines

Posted at 10:59 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 07:27:34-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Franklin County is a new addition to the list of "red zone" counties asked to follow Gov. Andy Beshear's guidelines for the coming week.

It's one of 94 Kentucky counties where the governor is encouraging people not to dine out, but instead to order takeout from their favorite restaurants.

It's yet another challenge for restaurants met with much uncertainty this year.

But at Bourbon on Main, Assistant Manager Jamar Moton said it's a challenge they'll adapt to, just like everything else this year.

"We literally have to take it one day at a time," Moton said.

He anticipates an increase in to-go orders next week.

"There's gonna be a few people hesitant on coming out which is understandable," he said.

But the restaurant will keep following all protocols for those who do want to dine out, like temperature checks and enforcement of the mask mandate.

Gov. Beshear's red zone guidelines also call for people to avoid gathering with people outside of their household and to work from home.

The state is the largest employer in Franklin County, so all state employees who can, will work from home next week.

"That should be the case in each and every county that we operate in," Gov. Beshear said.

At his briefing Thursday, Gov. Beshear was asked if we would consider issuing more mandates to get the spread of the coronavirus under control.

"I don't think we're there yet," he said. "We are trying to see right now how well these (guidelines) work."

Moton said he's confident people in Franklin County will continue to support Bourbon on Main, in whatever way they can.

"It's more than just a business. It's a family, it's a community," he said.