Gov. Beshear signs executive order to mandate Kentuckians wear face masks

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 3:56 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Governor Andy Beshear gave an update regarding COVID-19 in Kentucky.

Beshear started the news conference talking about a $2.6 million investment in grants to support startups and entrepreneurs statewide.

The governor also announced he has signed an executive order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday to mandate Kentuckians wear a facial covering or mask in public in certain situations. He says the mandate will start by running for 30 days.

(Read Gov. Beshear’s executive order below)

“If we do this, and if we really do it, not just when we think other people are watching, I believe that we can keep restaurants open at 50 percent, I believe we can keep retail open at 50 percent,” Beshear said. “I believe that we can keep the things that we have opened up open, and if we do it, I think we’ve got a shot at sports, that other states are worried about right now. But it’s on us. It’s on us.”

On Thursday, Gov. Beshear reported 18,245 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. That’s an increase of 333 cases from Wednesday.

Four additional deaths were also reported on Thursday, raising the total death toll from COVID-19 in the state to 612.

Gov. Beshear says those deaths are a 79-year-old man from Edmonson County, a 94-year-old man from Knox County, a 93-year-old woman from Clark County, and a 61-year-old man from Pike County.

As of Thursday, there have been at least 461,756 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 4,939 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Gov. Beshear’s mask executive order:

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