Event venues prepare for possible stricter state guidance

Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 5:15 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As we head into the holidays, Governor Andy Beshear is cracking down on large gatherings.

“Bride, groom, mom, dad, aunts and uncles, everybody loves a good excuse to come together,” Executive General Manager Andy Burks said.

But Gov. Beshear said the guest list for gatherings should be cut down.

“Family gatherings right now is where we’re seeing a lot of spread,” Beshear said.

"As case numbers continue to climb, business owners prepare for more restrictions to follow.

“What we like to do is stay positive, and we don’t like to give bad news to anybody, so our first advice to the customer is potentially reschedule,” Burks said.

Burks and the team are still meeting with potential clients. He said he’s expecting a busy schedule in the next few months. This comes as the governor singled out big events for furthering the spread.

“Weddings and funerals are tough too in some outcomes that we’ve unfortunately seen some tragedies,” Beshear said.

Burks argues the venue is safer with precautions in place, versus a backyard barbecue. “We’re going to make all the safety precautions necessary to keep our doors open."

After the calendar was cleared because of the shutdown earlier this year, businesses like this one are already thinking of backup plans.

“The core staff has really discussed what we would do if that happened, so we’ve got chef-prepared dinner plates that we can package and send out to businesses,” Burks said. “We also do bourbon tastings, so that’s smaller crowds.”

To avoid having empty chairs at empty tables, they’re following the guidelines.

“We’re checking temperatures of everyone when they come in, the employees are wearing masks throughout the entire night,” Burks said.

Even in a chaotic year, they’re trying to keep some things normal.

“It’s their special night, we want to do everything we can to make it special for them,” Burks said.

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