Today marks end of capacity restrictions in Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-June 11, 2021 – a day many Kentuckians had on their calendar ever since Gov. Andy Beshear said this would mark the end of capacity restrictions. As of Friday, venues like restaurants, gyms and sports and music venues can return to 100% capacity, following the lifting of the mask mandate.

“One of our dreams here at the Bike Rack Bistro has always been coming home for dinner, coming home for lunch. Today, we really got that sense. Lots of laughter, lots of people just talking, lots of people seeing each other for the first time in several months,” said Bike Rack Bistro co-owner Patrick Folker.

Up until this point, venues have been able to increase their capacity in increments, such as 50 or 75%, leading up to the long awaited day.

This is big news for local sports teams like the Bowling Green Hot Rods as well, as they can now feed off the energy coming from stands full of fans.

“I’m tremendously excited. We’ve been able to open to limited capacity, it grew to 75 percent, and now finally 100 percent. We’re back open, wide open, it’s going to be a great weekend for it. Right around the corner, the whole July 4 weekend, how awesome is that going to be,” said Bowling Green Hot Rods general manager Eric Leach.

A summer set to look very different from the previous, a summer welcomed by Kentucky.

“Fridays and Saturdays, it really hampered our ability to pack the ballpark. But now, 100%, we’re wide open, and we can have the kind of fun we’re accustomed to doing,” Leach said.