Kentucky Restaurant Owners Signing Petition To Stay Open

Restaurant owners in Kentucky are signing a petition saying they plan to reopen on December 14 even if Governor Andy Beshear does not rescind the restaurant closure order.

The only petition that can be accessed on the Kentucky Restaurant Association’s Facebook page has already received more than 3,100 signatures. The petition states, “If Governor Beshear does not rescind restaurant closures, restaurants will reopen on December 14 at 50 percent capacity.

Restaurant owners have formed a group called the Kentucky Restaurant Rescue Coalition. According to a statement released by the group, the members said they should respect the Governor’s decision, but there was concern the restrictions may extend beyond the December 14 reopen date. If the restaurant closure order is continued, the coalition says more than 3,000 restaurants and over 200,000 employees and their families could be in jeopardy.

In a statement released to the Courier-Journal, Governor Beshear’s Communications Director Crystal Staley says the goal has always been to get the virus under control over these three weeks and reopen restaurants at the prior capacity limit.