Gov. Beshear says Kentucky will soon be back to 100% capacity, critics ask “why wait?”


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Governor Beshear says Kentucky will immediately adopt the CDC’s new mask guidance.

During a Friday morning news conference, the governor said, effective June 11, Kentucky will be returning to full capacity for all venues and events.

The governor says they are also ending the mask mandate on that date.

There are a few exceptions.

Masks will still be required in healthcare settings and on public transportation.

Gov. Beshear says the June 11 date gives 12 to 15-year-olds time to get vaccinated and more time for others to get vaccinated as well.

“After a long, dark pandemic – more of our people have gotten their shot of hope, and we have steadily moved to lift the last remaining restrictions put in place to slow the spread of this dangerous virus and save lives,” said Gov. Beshear. “Team Kentucky: your patience, hard work and sacrifices have paid off. For those not vaccinated: you have still have time.”

The governor says about 1.9 million Kentuckians have been vaccinated and he says the state has half a million vaccine doses ready to go in arms right now.

CDC updated mask guidance on Thursday, May 13, 2021.(CDC)

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