Local restaurants react to new restriction from governor

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT)- The governors of Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois announced changes to restaurant operations starting Monday morning.

Governor Andy Beshear told restaurants and bars to limit their services to take out only starting at five this evening. The governors in Indiana and Kentucky made similar announcements.

Restaurants are locking their doors and preparing for the unknown. Governor Andy Beshear is making changes in an attempt to minimize the risk of the coronavirus.

One step he’s taking, closing bars and restaurants for sit down service. Not everyone is supporting that decision.

“I think it’s too much personally. I think it’s a little overblown,” Linda Stone says.

Linda Stone is the owner of Algonquins, she says in the 13 years of ownership she’s never seen anything like this. She says the majority of her money comes from sit down service and alcohol sales.

“It’s 50 percent or more,” Stone says. “I’m going to put it on Facebook and of course let everyone know we do have delivery available we have a drive-thru window.”

Stone is worried about what’s next and what employees like Lynn Dodge will do.

“I’m at a loss right now,” Lynn Dodge says.

As a single mother, she says she has taken steps to make sure she and her daughter will be all right. But with no word on how long the restriction will last she’s still worried.

“There’s no time frame. I know I’m good for a while, but not for a long haul,” Dodge explains.

In downtown Henderson Tacoholic’s owner, Marcos Nicholas is preparing to make changes.

“Sadly we need to layoff a lot of employees,” Marcos Nicholas explains.

He says they started planning just in case a couple weeks ago. Stocking up on food. Now they’re trying to come up with a plan to prevent layoffs but no matter what they’ll do what they can to help them out.

“Worst case scenario, i will have food here for them. I’ll have food here for my employees,” Nicholas says.

Game plans for how to keep both restaurants open is still in the works. There’s no word on how long the restriction will be in place.

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(This story was originally published on March 16, 2020)

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