Two big pieces of news out of Governor Andy Beshear’s press conference today: 1) the statewide mask mandate has been extended, and 2) the Kentucky State Fair will be limited to participants.
Kentucky’s mask mandate was set to expire this Saturday, August 8, and Beshear said extending it another 30 days was a no-brainer after seeing cases plateau in recent weeks.
“It’s working,” Beshear said, referencing the graph below. “It’s working. And since we made it mandatory, more people are wearing them. We have fewer cases this week as of Thursday than we did last week. We may not have any positive growth this week, just overall cases this week compared to last week. It’s working and if we want to get some things back open that we had to pause, if we want to continue to grow our economy, this is our way.”
Mass gatherings are still a risk, so the State Fair Board decided to limit the event to participants only, meaning no concerts, entertainment, or food vendors will be allowed and it will be closed to the general public. Masks will be required and aisles will be widened. The fair takes place August 20-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville. The World Championship Horse Show will be held, but without spectators.
Don’t worry, State Fair fans. You can see The Oak Ridge Boys next year (maybe).
Beshear said next week, he expects to release updated guidelines for bar and restaurants to increase capacity back to 50%, but new regulations will be in place to prevent super-spreading events, like enforced seat rules and a 10 p.m. curfew for service.