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Local bar wants to reopen same time as restaurants

"If they can socially distance and serve beer and burgers and all that, I think we can we socially distance and serve (just) beer."
Posted at 3:50 PM, May 13, 2020

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Like many businesses, Slainte Public House was forced to close in March to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Now, in a couple of weeks, many businesses are getting the green light to reopen. Restaurants will be allowed to open at 33% capacity starting May 22.

However, not included in that May opening is bars.

These types of businesses were told they would have to wait until July to reopen, something owners Matt and Ashley Nunn of Slainte Public House say they don't understand.

"If they can socially distance and serve beer and burgers and all that, I think we can we socially distance and serve (just) beer," said Matt Nunn.

Slainte Public House doesn't have a kitchen and only serves alcohol, so they were told they will have to wait until July to open. This frustrated the Nunn's because they say they have the space to spread out customers. They even submitted a plan on how they could open safely back in April.

"We submitted what we thought was a lot of good ideas of how we would spread people out," says Matt Nunn.

He says the pub has a large outdoor patio and three floors to spread people out so that isn't a problem for them.

Ultimately they just want the same opportunity restaurants have and they don't think it should matter what you serve.