Gov. Andy Beshear extends mask mandate for 30 days

Gov. Andy Beshear extends Kentucky's mask mandate, says no spectators at state fair

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Governor Andy Beshear says Kentuckians will be required to wear masks for an additional 30 days.

Beshear says the use of masks is helping curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state but warned the fight is not over.

“By now, we all know someone that we care about, that we’re close to who is fighting this virus or has fought this virus. And as things progress, we will all probably know somebody who we have lost to this virus. This is going to be a month where I hope we turn things around, but based on July, we’re still going to see a lot of pain,” he said Thursday.

The governor says he will have additional guidance on Monday for bars and restaurants and he anticipates increasing capacity to 50%

He asked people to continue to prioritize outdoor seating.

“Bars and restaurants are both going to be expected to have their last item served at 10 p.m. Then there is going to be an hour to let people eat and drink and ultimately go home,” Beshear said.

He also announced Thursday that only credentialed people, including exhibitors and employees, will be allowed at the Kentucky State Fair this year.

No patrons or spectators will be allowed at the fair, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 20-30.

In an effort to manage crowds and social distancing, Lot A exhibits, Midway, concerts, entertainment and food vendors will not be featured at this year’s fair.

In terms of numbers, Kentucky has 516 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 new deaths.

8,523 people have recovered from the virus.

And the positivity rate is 5.51% which is the same as it was on Wednesday.

The positivity rate is the number of tests that came back positive out of all tests conducted.

“We appear to not just be slowing, but we hope stopping any escalation that we’ve seen. It’s further evidence that wearing that facial covering is truly helping Kentucky in so many different ways - our people, our economy, our kids,” Beshear said.

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