Restaurants thankful for Board of Health’s regulation compromises

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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — The Knox County Board of Health passed new COVID-19 safety regulations that go into effect Wednesday, compromising on the guidelines from their initial proposal.

The board unanimously passed a 10 p.m. curfew for dine-in customers in restaurants and bars.

It also limits the size of groups at the same table to no more than 8 people from different households.

Restaurants and bars must continue to limit the number of people allowed inside to half-capacity, instead of the initially proposed 25 percent capacity limit.

“At 25 percent the restaurants will have to close. It’s not sustainable. That would immediately for us be laying off 1,200 people,” Randy Burleson, owner of Burleson Brands.

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