Earlier today, here in the office, we were reminiscing about last year at this time. That was when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its infancy and there just wasn't much to do.

On the other hand, for those of us who have no problem eliminating boredom from our lives, there WAS enough to do. For a good portion of those first two months--from March through May--restaurants were not a part of the deal.

But I make my own fun whenever necessary, so I'd get take-out and head off to a lake somewhere; we have a ton of them nearby. I've never been more thankful for my camp chair.

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Then restaurants began to open back up but at a reduced capacity. The maximum, after the beginning of the pandemic, was 50%. Needless to say, it's been a long time since it was greater than that.

Well, if you've been counting the days, the time will soon arrive when restaurants and other businesses that involve 1,000 or fewer people will increase to 75% capacity in Kentucky.

Citing a projection by the Centers for Disease Control that COVID-19 cases will see a sharp decline by July, Governor Andy Beshear made the announcement Thursday about Kentucky businesses and also said that indoor and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people may be held at 60% capacity.

These new capacity increases will go into effect on May 28th.

The new case total, announced Thursday, was 655. Kentucky's current positivity rate is at 3.51%.

With more and more events returning to our lives and concerts being scheduled again, this is just another "shot in the arm" that we've all been anticipating.

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