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Kentucky begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:24 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 9:06 AM EDT
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COVINGTON, Ky. (WXIX) - As of Friday, most of Kentucky’s COVID-19 restrictions have ended.

Capacity requirements for restaurants and other businesses and the statewide mask mandate are among the lifted restrictions.

For restaurants like Pompilio’s, things have come full circle since this time last year.

“You know, where we were last year was sad and scary and confusing,” owner Joe Bristow said.

On Friday, the COVID restrictions signs were down and there was not a mask or table seating separation in sight at the restaurant.

Masks, however, are still required on public transportation and at schools, long-term care facilities, and other locations that serve the “most vulnerable,” according to Gov. Beshear.

Kentucky senior centers also are reopening, but you’ll have to follow county-specific mask requirements.

“Today, we are lifting the final restrictions put in place to keep our people safe during this once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said. “COVID-19 remains deadly. Our war against it is not yet won. But after more than 15 months of struggle and sacrifice, we can also say this: While COVID-19 remains a threat, we are no longer in crisis.”

More than 2 million Kentuckians have been vaccinated against COVID-19, including more than 80% of Kentuckians ages 65 and up, state records show.

Vaccinated Kentuckians have a chance to win $1 million or a full-ride college scholarship through the state’s “Shot at a Million” incentive.

A $1 million prize will be awarded to three vaccinated Kentuckians ages 18 and up.

There is also a prize for Kentuckians ages 12 to 17.

A full-ride college scholarship will be awarded to 15 people in that age group.

Eligible participants must have received the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or their first shot of Pfizer or Moderna, Gov. Beshear said.

Only one entry per person will be accepted, and each entry is eligible for all future drawings.

Here are the key dates to know:

Registration is now open for Shot at a Million.
Registration is now open for Shot at a Million.(WXIX)

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