‘There’s a lot of good things brewing’: Kentucky Bars and restaurants to unmask at full capacity

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 8:04 PM EDT
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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Bars and restaurants around the area are preparing to open at full capacity, without the need for masks, for the first time since March 2020. On Friday, June 11, capacity restrictions and mask mandates will lift statewide for all businesses and venues.

“There’s a lot of good things brewing because of all of this,” said Broken Throne Brewing general manager Jamie Slone. “It’s going to be good for everybody.”

The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has bar and restaurant crews hopeful of things to come and eager to see their patrons’ smiling faces again.

“Hopefully we’ll see more guests coming inside to dine with us and get that whole experience like they used to pre-pandemic,” said Bank 253 general manager Ed Hetherington. “Hopefully we’ll see everyone out and about. This Friday everything is lifted, we’re at 100% capacity, and we’ll be eagerly waiting.”

Local bars and restaurants are hoping this change will bring more patrons in and help them feel safer than ever.

“We’re very excited to see how this next change affects us,” said Slone. “Hopefully get some more people in the taproom and help them feel a little safer while they’re out and about.”

Slone said the lifting of restrictions also brought about a new level of normalcy that businesses and their guests have not seen or felt for more than a year.

“It’s the next step of discovering our new normal,” said Slone. “It’s really so much closer to our old normal than we’ve been able to get so far.”

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