Relaxing of Kentucky’s mask mandate has many business owners hopeful

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 11:56 AM EDT
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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Many business are excited to now be able to host large groups of people, outside and no longer required to wear masks.

For those exercising in Jacobson Park, hearing that mask restrictions are easing is exciting news. Some say it gives them more freedom to move around outdoors without worry, and others say it’s a step to get back to normal life.

And for business owners who rely on large gatherings to make a profit, the news is even better.

“Having the governor say it’s safe now is huge. We know this is a governor who values human life more than anything else. So when he says it, I think it’s going to make a psychological shift for Kentuckians and anyone coming through Kentucky,” said John Chmela with Queenslake Farm.

An expansive, 140-acre farm, Queenslake is a Bed and Breakfast and offers horse boarding, and predominately, is an outdoor event space.

“Business has gotten better. We’ve been able to open our doors and get people in here. But we’re certainly not back to normal,” Chmela said.

Typically hosting horse shows, weddings, and fundraising events, a limit on gathering sizes and mask mandates have kept people, and their business, away. But Chmela’s hopeful that will change soon.

“This is something that’s going to take giant leaps at getting back to normal where people, less than 1,000, can actually get together,” Chmela said.

They can get together, and if outside, are no longer required to wear masks. Just in time for a busy summer season.

Queenslake is also hosting a celebratory barbecue event for the community this Friday from 3-6 p-m. This is will be their first large event after the news that the mask restrictions are easing.

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