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Kentucky mask mandate extended, State Fair limited to participants

Kentucky State Fair | FB

Kentucky State Fair | FB

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 Comments for Kentucky mask mandate extended, State Fair limited to participants

  1. gasman01
    5:00 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    Oaks and Derby next….

  2. VilleCat11
    5:01 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    So I can go if I work at 5je fair but there is no one allowed to come?

    • Good Times
      5:23 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      Guessing participants also includes anyone that is participating in a contest (livestock, baking, etc.). Could be wrong; wasn’t planning to go anyways as I’ve never really enjoyed the fair.

    • BlueSteel
      5:27 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      The article said people ARE allowed to come – The participants. It is just not open to the general public. There is a lot more to the fair than riding the tilt-a-whirl and eating cotton candy… And no I am not a fair participant but I do realize that many people work hard just to make it to this event.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth 2
      6:10 pm August 7, 2020 Permalink

      @BlueSteel, most people couldn’t care less about quilts people made or doll houses grown adults built. Nor do they care if your ham tastes better than little Jimmys ham.

  3. J. Did
    6:29 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    Homebrew Competition. Entry Fee: $5 Entry Deadline (was): 07/10/2020. Competition Date: 08/14/2020 Phone Number: (502) 689-1623 Location: Louisville, KY, US.

    KSR’s Kindsey Bernhard…..we need coverage; one article – or as many as it takes.

    Mask up!

    And, continue the continue.

  4. ScoggDog
    2:56 pm August 7, 2020 Permalink

    You’ll be wearing a mask in the state of Kentucky for as long as Uncle Andy is in Frankfort. Bank on it.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth 2
      6:09 pm August 7, 2020 Permalink

      Nov 4th we all know this is going to wind down. Virus is not a hoax, but the left is using it as a hoax. Being used to destroy the economy (which is why they refuse to open anything back up normally) since Trump built the greatest economy in the history of the planet.

  5. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    6:06 pm August 7, 2020 Permalink

    If masks work, you don’t need a bigger isle nor do you need any other rules.