LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear loosened more restrictions across the commonwealth took effect on Friday, May 28.
There is now no curfew, and larger crowds are allowed at Kentucky bars and restaurants.
Last summer, Beshear put restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic that forced restaurants and bars to have last call at 10:00 p.m. and close by 11:00 a.m. He bumped it up an hour in September 2020, and then another hour in March 2021.
Along with the added hours for late night drinks, bar seating is back open. Customers have not been allowed to sit at the bar facing bartenders since the pandemic started.
"We're incredibly excited to have it back," said Scott Shreffler, co-owner of MileWide Beer Company. "Our regulars, I think if you ask them what they missed most, I think bar seating is what they have missed the most. And we certainly missed it too."
Restaurants and bars were also capped at 50% capacity. Now, businesses can go up to 75% capacity for gatherings under 1,000 people.
And in two weeks, on June 11, Kentucky is scheduled to eliminate all capacity restrictions and most of its mask mandate.
"We've been ready for this for a while, so we're just happy that it's here now," Shreffler said.
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