Beshear: Kentucky Bars Can Now Serve Alcohol Until 11 p.m.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear has added an hour to the last call and closing time curfew for Kentucky bars.

click to enlarge The new Green House Bar in Covington - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The new Green House Bar in Covington

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear has added an hour to the curfew for Kentucky bars.

Bars can now serve alcohol until 11 p.m. and have to close by midnight, compared to the previous regulations that stated last call at Kentucky bars was 10 p.m. and they had to cease all operations by 11 p.m.

Beshear said this decision was made in part due to the return of sports because "some of the games can now go until 11 p.m."

“That was a specific request from those in the restaurant industry. We thought it was reasonable,” Beshear said during Tuesday's briefing. “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.”

On July 27, Beshear ordered all Kentucky bars to close for two weeks and for restaurants to reduce their capacity to 25% for that same time period to reduce the state's spike in COVID-19 cases.

After that period, Kentucky bars and restaurants were both allowed to reopen on Aug. 11 with 50% capacity inside and unlimited outdoor seating. However, they were subject to some additional regulations — including a last call curfew for both food and drink service at 10 p.m. and a closing time of 11 p.m. 

Additional regulations for hospitality industry businesses include that everyone must remain seated whether they are in a restaurant or bar and there must be 6 feet of space between tables/groups — that means no ordering at the bar; only table service. And if you aren't actively eating or drinking at your table, you should be masked. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, Kentucky was reporting 745 new cases of COVID-19, with 95 of those being in children under the age of 18; the youngest reported case was in a 27-day-old infant. 

For more information, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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