Versailles to close some streets on weekends for businesses, tours

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – To help its restaurants and other retailers do more business, the city of Versailles is closing Court Street and part of North Street on Friday and Saturday nights so the businesses can expand their capacity with more outdoor seating. The county is also offering historic walking tours.

The closures will run from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the city.

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“I am in 100% support of helping businesses recover as safely and as soon as possible. This initiative will allow for additional offerings of safe, socially distanced seating outdoors for patrons to get outside and enjoy a meal out easier if they so choose,” Brian Traugott, Mayor of Versailles commented.

“Woodford County prides ourselves on working together for our citizens and our small business community. We have been a model for how a small rural community responds to allow our businesses to bounce back quickly with innovative solutions. Our courthouse is a place where we supports our local businesses and I thank the great volunteers who have stepped up to make this happen,” said Woodford County Judge-Executive James Kay.

Patrons can bring their food to eat outside at one of the tables that will be cleaned, maintained and sanitized by volunteers of local businesses downtown Versailles.

Parking can be accessed in any of the city lots downtown located behind Main Street and also Main Street parking is available as well.

Patrons will be asked to continue to follow all social distancing and other health guidelines by the CDC, local and state Health Departments and governmental officials.

Masks are encouraged as you enter Court Street until you reach your table and upon departing your table.

A sanitizing station will be made available and all restaurants protocols they currently have in place of online ordering, calling ahead and otherwise are still encouraged.

North Street as well will be closed off in portion for the use of outdoor seating for Taqueria Becerra as well.

Woodford County tourism officials say they also encourage people to learn more about the storied history of the area through a walking tour that includes tales of characters past that resulted in duels and even murder mysteries.

Tourism officials say guests who participate in the evening walking tour of downtown Versailles will hear about the rich bourbon and architectural history all while learning about a few jaw-dropping headlines from the past.

Tour participants with a ticket can also take advantage of a complementary drink from the Amsden Bourbon Bar. Non-alcoholic options available from the Amsden Coffee Club.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Woodford County Visitors Center located at 151 S. Main Street in Versailles.