FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – Governor Andy Beshear delivered his final COVID-19 briefing.
It comes 15 months after he announced Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19.
It also comes the day the governor’s mask mandate and capacity restrictions related to the pandemic will be lifted.
Just yesterday, the Kentucky Supreme Court addressed the controversy of the restrictions. Some of the arguments made against them were that they were too harsh, unfair, or unneeded.
Gov. Beshear said they were all needed to keep Kentucky safe and keep the state from becoming like others.
“It overwhelmed hospitals in New York, California, and the Dakotas,” Beshear said. “It overran morgues and funeral homes in Texas that required refrigeration trucks. None of these things happened in Kentucky.”
While the Beshear will no longer be mandating rules related to masks and restrictions, businesses can still do so.
Other states that have loosened their restrictions much sooner still have business owners mandating masks.