Governor Andy Beshear has issued a mask mandate for the State of Kentucky, following more than 20 states in the country that have done the same.
Beshear said Thursday he signed an executive order that will go into effect Friday (7/10) at 5.p.m. mandating anyone in public to wear a mask or face covering. The mandate is in regard to any customers of retail facilities including grocery stores and all other forward-facing businesses. The businesses will be required to adhere to the guidelines.
The governor also said if anyone is outdoors in a public space and cannot be six feet from another person, masks are required.
The order will initially be in effect for a period of 30 days, at which time he will re-access the pandemic.
The only ones exempt from wearing a mask are those with chronic health conditions and children under 5 years of age.
The amount of confirmed new COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth on Thursday was 333, with a total statewide since the beginning of the outbreak reaching 18,245. There were 4 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 612. There have been 4,939 recoveries statewide.