Northern Kentucky counties urged to implement COVID-19 ‘red zone’ recommendations

Eufemia Didonato

Two northern Kentucky counties are on the governor’s list for the most positive cases Sunday.This comes a day before Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are urged to implement new “red zone” reduction recommendations.Business owners we talked with said they’ve already been taking precautions, but new recommendations reinforce how quickly COVID-19 is spreading.”My hope is to avoid any level of shutdown on any real level,” Smoke Justis general manager Demian Wilson said.Businesses across northern Kentucky are aiming for perfection in the battle against COVID-19.At Smoke Justis, Wilson said rising COVID-19 numbers are a reminder the pandemic isn’t over, and everyone’s guard should not be let down.”Every day is just constant coaching of, you know, hey this is where we’re at, I know it’s easy to forget but, you know, here’s where we’re at,” he said.Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said 80 counties should follow “red zone” reduction recommendations starting Nov. 8 through Nov. 15.Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are in the red zone.The recommendations include employers allowing employees to work from home when possible, non-critical government offices operating virtually, reducing in-person shopping by ordering online or opting for curbside pickup, ordering take-out and avoiding dining in restaurants or bars, and avoiding hosting or attending gatherings of any size.They also include rescheduling, postponing or cancelling public and private events and avoiding non-essential activities.At Crafts and Vines wine bar in Mainstrausse, COVID-19 hits close to the heart.”I lost my mother to it. My father was in the hospital. Multiple employees have had exposure to it and had to be tested, so, they understand, you know, the severity of it,” owner Leslie Hugo said.Leslie Hugo and husband, Vic Hugo, said they’ve kept capacity low inside, and invested in heaters outside to keep people socially distant as temperatures cool off.They said safety and sanitization come first as COVID-19 numbers paint a dark picture across Kentucky.”We want to make sure that everyone has a good time and also a healthy time,” Vic Hugo said.Business owners urged people to follow all guidelines and call ahead to make sure they can accommodate you or your party with restrictions in place.

Two northern Kentucky counties are on the governor’s list for the most positive cases Sunday.

This comes a day before Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are urged to implement new “red zone” reduction recommendations.

Business owners we talked with said they’ve already been taking precautions, but new recommendations reinforce how quickly COVID-19 is spreading.

“My hope is to avoid any level of shutdown on any real level,” Smoke Justis general manager Demian Wilson said.

Businesses across northern Kentucky are aiming for perfection in the battle against COVID-19.

At Smoke Justis, Wilson said rising COVID-19 numbers are a reminder the pandemic isn’t over, and everyone’s guard should not be let down.

“Every day is just constant coaching of, you know, hey this is where we’re at, I know it’s easy to forget but, you know, here’s where we’re at,” he said.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said 80 counties should follow “red zone” reduction recommendations starting Nov. 8 through Nov. 15.

Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties are in the red zone.

The recommendations include employers allowing employees to work from home when possible, non-critical government offices operating virtually, reducing in-person shopping by ordering online or opting for curbside pickup, ordering take-out and avoiding dining in restaurants or bars, and avoiding hosting or attending gatherings of any size.

They also include rescheduling, postponing or cancelling public and private events and avoiding non-essential activities.

At Crafts and Vines wine bar in Mainstrausse, COVID-19 hits close to the heart.

“I lost my mother to it. My father was in the hospital. Multiple employees have had exposure to it and had to be tested, so, they understand, you know, the severity of it,” owner Leslie Hugo said.

Leslie Hugo and husband, Vic Hugo, said they’ve kept capacity low inside, and invested in heaters outside to keep people socially distant as temperatures cool off.

They said safety and sanitization come first as COVID-19 numbers paint a dark picture across Kentucky.

“We want to make sure that everyone has a good time and also a healthy time,” Vic Hugo said.

Business owners urged people to follow all guidelines and call ahead to make sure they can accommodate you or your party with restrictions in place.

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