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Small business owner reacts to battle over executive orders

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 10:47 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -The Kentucky Supreme Court’s ruling to keep Governor Beshear’s orders, for the time being, is drawing big reaction.

Many Kentuckians are sharing their opinions on the matter, especially since the mask mandate went into effect nearly one week ago.

At J Render’s, diners have settled into spaced out chairs and waiters have been working behind a mask for some time.

“We’re just playing by the rules and we’re not having any issues,” said owner Gwyn Everly.

With the ongoing battle over the governor’s executive orders, could it all change soon?

“Even if it gets repealed, we’re dealing with people, and maybe people who are concerned still and aren’t comfortable, and they can wear a mask,” she said. “I don’t know what I’ll do with my staff.”

Like many other restaurant owners, Everly rearranged her tables, chairs and business model to follow guidelines.

“We don’t want to go backward, we don’t want to have to go back to curbside, we don’t want to shut down our patio, we don’t want to shut down what we can use in the indoors,” she said.

This legal clash has many Kentuckians wondering what a COVID-19 world without regulations would look like.

“I don’t think this is going to be a full stop if it does happen,” Everly said.

Without the orders in place, there would be no more enforced enhanced sanitization measures, reduced capacity or mandatory masks.

“There are so many unknowns, we’re just not taking any chances, so when we’re told to do something, we do it,” she said.

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