‘Victory in Sight:’ Kentucky sets date to entirely end mask mandate, capacity limits

‘Victory in Sight:’ Kentucky sets date to entirely end mask mandate, capacity limits
Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 10:47 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday that Kentucky will drop all capacity restrictions and end the mask mandate for everyone on June 11.

The reason June 11 was chosen, according to the governor, is because it will allow 12 to 15-year-olds and others time to get vaccinated.

“Our war has been long, our casualties have been heartbreaking, but victory is in sight, and the end is near,” Gov. Beshear said.

On Thursday, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people did not have to wear a mask indoors, except for a few places.

Beshear followed suit, saying Kentucky will go along with the same measures.

Mask-wearing is still required in the following areas:

  • Public transportation
  • Health care settings
  • Long term care settings
  • K-12 educational, preschool, daycare, or other child care settings
  • Correctional facilities
  • Homeless shelters
  • Any immune-compromised, or who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days

Up next for Kentucky is the end to the curfew on restaurants and bars and increasing capacity at venues.

Beginning May 28, which begins Memorial Day weekend, the curfew will be lifted entirely, Beshear said. Currently, bars and restaurants can serve until midnight and must close by 1 a.m.

The recent news is very welcome for Kentucky business owners like Jordan Stephenson and Chris Kidwell.

Stephenson, who owns Bard’s Burgers & Chili, says the new announcements make him feel like the pandemic is near its end.

“It’s definitely exciting to sort of be on the tail end of everything,” Stephenson said.

All events and businesses with 1,000 or fewer people can move to 75% capacity. Also starting May 28, indoor and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people can increase to 75% capacity.

The expanding capacity will allow larger workshops at Kidwell’s Local Studio 325.

“We look forward to being able to have some larger workshops in our backspace, look forward to having more guests in,” Kidwell explained. “We’ve had capacity-cut extremely down. We max out at our workshops at eight people. We previously would do 20, so that’s a huge jump for us.”

Ohio will end its health orders on June 2, a little more than a week before Kentucky.

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