Kentucky Mask Mandate Relaxed for Outdoor Events

Kentucky is relaxing the statewide mask mandate based on the growing number of people vaccinated.

Posted: Apr 26, 2021 7:08 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2021 7:46 PM

Kentucky is relaxing the statewide mask mandate based on the growing number of people vaccinated.

Governor Andy Beshear said Monday, face coverings would still be required indoors, but outdoor events could ditch the mask depending on how many people are there.

Starting Tuesday, April 27th, masks will not be required outdoors when there are less than a thousand people in attendance.

"It means, if you are at a backyard bbq, if you are at your community pool, if you are at an outdoor wedding, especially if you are vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask," explained Gov. Beshear.

The governor mentioned, he will be enjoying that change during his son's baseball games.

The change comes ahead of what Gov. Beshear promises to be a larger adjustment to restrictions once Kentucky reaches 2.5 million vaccinations.

As of Monday, the Bluegrass needed about 775,000 additional immunizations to meet that goal. However, the pace of vaccinations has slowed in the state; likely pushing that goal to the end of June.

Gov. Beshear was asked during the press conference if he would consider making changes before reaching that goal because of the slower pace. He said, he may consider a more measured reduction to restrictions but has no concrete plans to do that, at this time.

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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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