Starting tomorrow at 5 p.m., Kentuckians must wear a mask or facial covering in indoor and outdoor public spaces across the state. Governor Andy Beshear announced the news this afternoon at his press briefing in Frankfort.
“Today, I signed an executive order that is, starting tomorrow at 5 p.m. I’m going to mandate that Kentuckians in public in certain situations must wear a facial covering or a mask. What this means is that all customers in all retail facilities must wear a mask. In grocery stores, must wear a mask. In most forward-facing businesses, must wear a mask. If you are indoors and you can’t get six feet from individuals on anything that’s not covered, you must wear a mask. Outside, if you cannot be six feet away from another individual, you must wear a mask.”
There are certain exceptions:
- Those who have a health condition
- Children under the age of five
- If you’re alone in a single room
- If you’re with your household in your house
- If you’re outdoors exercising and six feet away from others
For now, the mandate will last for one month (30 days) and be enforced by local health departments.
“If someone won’t wear a mask in your place of business, they cannot be served. It’s that’s simple. When you go into a restaurant or bar, if you’re waiting outside in line, you have to wear a mask and inside until you’re ready to eat, you’re wearing one too,” Beshear said. “It’s no longer voluntary, it’s mandatory and I’m willing to take whatever criticism comes with that.”
Governor Beshear hopes the mandate will help keep business that have reopened open as cases continue to rise in the state and across the country.
“If we do this and if we really do this, and not just when we think other people are watching, I believe we can keep restaurants open at 50%. I believe we can keep retail open. I believe we can keep the things that we opened up open and if we do it, I think we’ve got a shot at sports that other states are worried about right now. But it’s on us. It’s on us.”