Kentucky restaurant donates K 60K to employees amid indoor dining ban, industry says improperly targeted

A family-owned Kentucky restaurant donated 60 60,000 a day to its employees, prompting the governor to issue an administrative order ordering all indoor dining out to control the coronavirus.

Rest Restaurants Rents in Kentucky had to close indoor dining until 5pm on Friday and will be closed for dinner at the venue until Dec. 13, as ordered by government Andy Basheer. He said the move, along with other restrictions, would require an increase in cases of coronavirus, hospital admissions and deaths.

The governor said in a statement that the sanctions were not “shutdowns,” but “surgical and targeted measures designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect our people.”

But Britney Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, which operates seven steakhouses in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, said the governor’s order came without warning and without any unemployment plans.

The day before the ban, Ruby’s two steakhouses – one in Louisville and one in Lexington – announced that 100% of its sales would be donated to its furlough employees.

Miller told Fox News that the restaurant tried to keep as many employees as possible, but after Friday it had to furlough more than half of its 160 employees. Still, restaurants can continue to offer withdrawals and deliveries, Miller said, as restaurants rely on indoor dining to pay their bills. Furthermore, he said, outdoor dining is not practical.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, one of seven locations in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, one of seven locations in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

“You really need to dine inside the building to keep the lights on and keep people working,” Miller said. “There is not much demand to take and deliver here.

Miller lamented how restaurants control coronavirus cases whenever there is an increase, citing experts as saying that restaurants are not the super spreaders that are commonly featured.

“We also have a problem that restaurants are not the reason for this spread. I have been told by health commissioners and epidemiologists that restaurants really help gather people. “You are in a regulatory environment. And we know that the reason around here is big gatherings, family gatherings. And so, it’s just frustrating. We are going alone. ”

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However, studies suggest that bars and restaurants contribute significantly to the spread of coronavirus. But such findings have been challenged by the National Restaurant Association, among other groups.

A September report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that exposure to masks in restaurants and maintaining social distance was a greater risk than exposure to places such as gyms or shopping centers.

“Masks cannot be worn effectively while eating, while shopping and numerous other indoor activities will not prevent the use of masks,” the report said, adding that eating at the site may indicate “significant risk factors associated with it.” [COVID-19] Infection

Researchers at Stanford University recently published a study in the journal Nature, among other organizations, which concluded that “in average metro areas, full-service restaurants, gyms, hotels, cafes, religious institutions and limited-service restaurants. When opened. That’s when the biggest prognosis of infection increases. ”

However, the Nation Restaurant Association has criticized such predictive mingling, telling Fox News that such studies are “erroneous” due to the complexities of the real world.

In a statement, the group said, “Absent contact tracing and public health data determine who among the groups actually transmitted the virus and where they contracted it, using a modeling exercise with anonymous location data extracted from mobile devices Rest restaurant rent is not an acceptable way to determine the possible cause of the virus infection. ”

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Still, Miller noted the economic impact of blanket closures on restaurants, adding that the industry employs 10% of U.S. employees – a figure that doubles when it comes to ancillary businesses.

“Congress is pulling their legs right now. They need to put politics aside. We need both the Senate and the House to come together and start negotiations. “It’s heartbreaking for employees not to get any relief right now, for those who furlough or get laid off, and especially for those on vacation – not having any kind of unemployment plan.”