Governor Andy Beshear has mandated Kentuckians wear masks in public, as coronavirus infections surge around the state and country.
The executive order Beshear signed Thursday requires Kentuckians to wear a mask in most indoor public places. That includes wearing a mask in retail, grocery stores and restaurants, except while eating. Customers who do not wear masks cannot be served, Beshear said.
“It’s no longer voluntary, it’s mandatory, and I’m willing to take whatever criticism comes with that,” Beshear said. “We have a ‘no shoes no shirt, no service.’ Well we’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. It’s now ‘no mask, no service.’”
The order goes into effect on Friday at 5 p.m. and will last for 30 days, after which the administration will review the state’s progress. Local health departments will enforce the requirement, which could include fines for chronic offenders.