In a video message Wednesday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said he is requiring all state employees and visitors in state buildings to wear masks.
Beshear’s announcement comes as COVID-19 cases increase across the state and the CDC released new guidance Tuesday saying all Americans, including those who are vaccinated, should wear masks again in indoor spaces.
The new mask requirement for state buildings begins Thursday.
“Listen, I didn’t want to have to go back to this. Nobody wants to have to go back to this. But at the same time, we pledged to protect one another, to be there for the Commonwealth,” Beshear said in his message.
Beshear said by masking up in state offices and buildings, he hoping to avoid disruptions in state services for residents. He said he’s also calling on other employers in the state to do the same by requiring other workers to wear masks again. He stated he hopes the new mask requirement is temporary.
The governor is holding a press conference Thursday at 12:30 where he is expected to discuss the new policy and other COVID-19 updates.
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