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Kentucky to Lift Mask Mandate and Return to 100% Capacity on June 11

Gov. Beshear provides a COVID-19 update on Friday, May 14

Kentucky's governor said Friday that as of June 11, the state would lift its mask mandate for all Kentuckians and allow 100% capacity at all events and venues.

Posted: May 14, 2021 9:59 AM
Updated: May 14, 2021 10:56 AM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Friday that big changes in pandemic precautions were coming to the Bluegrass State on Friday, June 11.

According to Gov. Beshear, as of June 11, all Kentucky venues and events will reopen at 100% capacity.

Also on that date, the state will do away with its statewide mask mandate for all Kentuckians, vaccinated or not, "with the exception of places where people are the most vulnerable," the governor announced Friday.

Gov. Beshear says lifting the restrictions on June 11 allows the state's 12 to 15-year-olds enough time to get their vaccines, after individuals in the age group just became eligible to get their shots Thursday. He says it also gives all others who haven't yet received their vaccine the chance to do so.

Before the June 11 reopening date rolls around,  as of May 28, all venues in Kentucky can operate at 75% capacity. Gov. Beshear expanded on that announcement Friday, saying it would now also apply to events with over 1,000 people in attendance.

Until June 11, Kentucky will continue to follow the CDC's latest guidance on masks, which says anyone who's fully vaccinated no longer needs to wear one.

You can watch Gov. Beshear's full Friday update by clicking here.

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