Ky. business owners react to new capacity restrictions

Kentucky businesses can increase capacity

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Starting on Friday, March 5, some Kentucky businesses can operate at 60 percent capacity.

That’s an increase from 50 percent.

Businesses include restaurants, salons and fitness centers.

”I think everybody’s ready to get back to normal, but we’re getting there step-by-step, little-by-little,” said restaurant owners Laura and Sean Strickland.

Laura and Shawn Strickland own Strickland’s Seafood. They said the capacity increase doesn’t impact their restaurant.

“The 6 feet apart requirement; you can’t put any tables closer together,” Laura Strickland said.

That’s the challenge they’re facing.

“We’re still at our capacity that we were at at 30 percent because if they’re 6 feet apart, that’s all we can do,” she said.

Laura said opening their catering room provides more space, but what would really help is allowing seating at the bar.

“That has hindered the bar business significantly. We would say probably about a quarter of our sales are from the bar,” she said.

The owner of Chroma Salon, Jennifer Dickson, said her business also won’t see change from this updated restriction.

“Not until we get back to 100 percent so that we could actually take on another client while we’re working on a client,” Dickson said.

Currently the stylists only work with one client at a time instead of doubling up like they used to.

“Like everyone, we’re just ready to get back to normal.”

Governor Andy Beshear said childcare facilities will be increased to regular group sizes starting March 15 if positive trends continue.

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