On Monday in Louisville, Kentucky's largest COVID-19 vaccination site opened at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium, and with its opening came an important announcement from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.
"Today, I'm announcing our Team Kentucky vaccination challenge," said Gov. Beshear. "This is a challenge that directly ties our number of Kentuckians that get vaccinated to the end of most capacity restrictions we have put in place to date."
According to the governor, once 2.5 million Kentuckians receive at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, most COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted throughout the entirety of the Bluegrass State.
"Our first goal, our big goal, is the threshold of getting 2.5 million Kentuckians at least their very first shot of hope," Gov. Beshear explained Monday. "When we do, when we have vaccinated 2.5 million Kentuckians, we will remove capacity restrictions for nearly all venues, events, and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons."
Additionally, Gov. Beshear added that when the goal is met, all social distancing restrictions would be lifted throughout the state, as would the curfew on bars and restaurants.
The governor did say, however, that reaching this goal would not yet bring the mask mandate to an end. Masks will remain in effect until COVID-19 variants are "under control" and more Kentucky children are able to be vaccinated.
As of Monday, the state health department said that 1,556,419 Kentuckians had received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, any Kentuckian who's at least 16-years-old is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the state. You can click here to see a full list of vaccine sites throughout the state.
To hear Gov. Beshear's full message from Monday, click here.