Beshear Will 'Likely' Extend Statewide Mask Mandate

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday said he's likely to extend his statewide mask mandate upon its expiration.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 4:42 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 4:55 PM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's Executive Order mandating masks throughout the Bluegrass State went into effect on July 10, and was set to expire after a 30-day period.

On Tuesday during his live COVID-19 update, the Kentucky governor said he's likely to extend the mandate.

"We are likely to have to extend the facial covering mandate," said Beshear on Tuesday. "Every public health official right now is saying with what's going on in the country, this is the number one way that we can be able to get back to our old normal."

Beshear said that his statewide mask mandate was a necessity in reversing the additional steps in the state's fight against COVID-19 that were announced on Monday.

"If we're going to be able to increase our capacity at restaurants, if we're going to be able to take a run at opening bars again - facial coverings is going to be absolutely necessary," Gov. Beshear stated.

According to Beshear, the four COVID-19 restrictions most recently implemented in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are deemed by the White House and other public health experts to "have the maximum impact."

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It was another chilly start across the Tri-State; while we only dipped as low as 43° in Evansville, many others across the Tri-State fell into the upper 30s earlier this morning. The cool air didn't linger long however, temperatures quickly reached back into the mid 70s across the region this afternoon - higher pressure camped out over the southeastern quarter of the country will continue to keep the skies above the Tri-State clear while gradually driving temperatures higher over the next few days. Despite our anticipated southerly winds this evening, you may still want to grab a jacket before your head out to dinner; after seeing a temperature near 64° around dinnertime, we'll fall off toward the mid to upper 50s by 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will again dwindle into the mid to low 40s for the majority of the Ohio Valley early Tuesday morning.
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