Lexington restaurants can reopen starting May 22, can expand seating on sidewalks and parking lots

Posted at 2:43 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 14:43:28-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Restaurants in the Lexington area can reopen beginning on May 22.

To maintain social distancing, Governor Andy Beshear says restaurants can fill 33% (or one-third) of their tables. Restaurants are also allowed to expand seating on adjacent sidewalks and parking lots.

"Our City has one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the country, and I think we're all anxious for our restaurants to reopen," Mayor Linda Gorton said. "At the same time, we want everyone to be safe, including those who work in the restaurants, and those who want to eat there."

Mayor Gorton says many restaurants are interested in moving seating outdoors, which could include allowing some nearby streets to close for additional seating.

Businesses will still need approval from the Health Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control. Restaurants will need to clearly define their seating boundary.

In addition to allowing for social distancing, there must be enough room for those with disabilities to pass by.