Restaurants and bars will be allowed to return to 50 percent capacity for indoor dining beginning Monday, December 13, Governor Andy Beshear announced at his daily press briefing. Since November 20, bars and restaurants had been prohibited from allowing indoor dining and service due to rising numbers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We always expected for this to be a time-limited shock to the system,” Beshear said of the restrictions implemented late last month. “That’s what worked in July, and we are seeing trends in the numbers and data that show our steps have been working.”
Beshear reported a single-day record of 4,324 new cases of coronavirus in Kentucky on Thursday with 28 deaths and a positivity rate of 9.13 percent. The Governor said the state is still reporting about 800 fewer cases than last week and that Thursday was the seventh consecutive day that the state positivity rate decreased.
Beshear also said he anticipates Kentucky will receive its first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, so long as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants the emergency approval of the vaccine as expected.
Nursing homes and hospitals are said to be the first priority of recipients for the vaccine.