Gov. Beshear extends curfew: Bars, restaurants across Kentucky can now stay open until midnight

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 13:18:36-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The state is revising its curfew for bars and restaurants effective immediately, allowing them to stay open until midnight.

Governor Andy Beshear says bars and restaurants can move their "last call" or "last service" from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. All food and drink service must stop by that time, and every bar and restaurant must close by midnight.

"That was a specific request from those in the restaurant industry. We thought it was reasonable," said Gov. Beshear. "But again, let's make sure that whether you're in that industry or another industry, with rules and regulations that you are trying to do it right and are not trying to find a way to get around it. That not only hurts you and your facility and the people that come to it, but it hurts everybody around as well."

Bars and restaurants can currently operate at 50% capacity. Congregating at the bar remains prohibited. Masks will also be required in bars and restaurants unless you are seated at the table. This means that any individual entering a bar or restaurant, leaving a bar or restaurant, or going to the bathroom in a bar or restaurant should be wearing a mask.