Business owners react to virus restrictions in Kentucky

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ASHLAND — Business owners are having mixed reactions following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s announcement that indoor dining is temporarily shut down and the capacity of recreation areas will be reduced.“Honestly, it’s devastating. Some of the small businesses and restaurants weren’t able to make it through the last shutdown,” said Jason Camp, partial owner of The Winchester and Smokin’ J’s Rib and Brewhouse, both in Ashland. “I know we can make it through the three weeks that the initial shutdown is happening, but that’s what happened the last time and it got extended for months.”Beshear said in his initial announcement that the suspension of indoor dining and new wellness facility restrictions through Dec. 13 is not a shutdown, but some owners are seeing the guidelines as such.Camp said the restrictions will likely cost his two restaurants around $100,000 and will force him to let go of, at least temporarily, around 110 of his about 140 employees.One difference between the new restrictions and the initial shutdown earlier in the year is how the weather can affect restaurants this time of year.“For us, it’s really tough because at least the last time there was a shutdown, the …

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