Gov. Beshear extends mask mandate

Gov. Beshear extends mask mandate
Governor Beshear announced Thursday he was extending the mask mandate for another 30 days. (Source: Anna Shvets)

FRANKFORT, KY. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a COVID-19 briefing at 3 p.m. on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 on Thursday, Aug. 6.

Gov. Andy Beshear - Media Briefing 08.06.2020

Posted by Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday, August 6, 2020

The governor announced he was extending the mask mandate for another 30 days, citing its success and continued importance in flattening the curve of COVID-19.

“By now, we all know someone that we care about, that we’re close to who is fighting this virus or has fought this virus. And as things progress, we will all probably know somebody who we have lost to this virus. This is going to be a month where I hope we turn things around, but based on July, we’re still going to see a lot of pain,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s make sure that we protect our mental and emotional health, stay as committed as we’ve always been to defeating this virus and step it up.”

He noted that on Monday, he will have additional guidance for Kentucky’s bars and restaurants.

Governor Beshear also announced the 2020 Kentucky State Fair would be limited to participants only.

It would feature wider aisle ways, reduced occupancy, increased hygiene accessibility and facial covering requirements. In an effort to manage crowds and social distancing, Lot A exhibits, Midway, concerts, entertainment and food vendors will not be featured in this year’s fair.

The Kentucky State Fair will be held Aug. 20-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.

The World’s Championship Horse Show will be held without spectators and adhere to the U.S. Equestrian Federation COVID-19 guidelines.

The governor’s chief of staff and general counsel, La Tasha Buckner, reminded Kentuckians that Secretary of Transportation Jim Gray issued an order for two emergency actions that help limit in-person traffic at driver’s licensing offices:

  • There is a 90-day rolling extension of expiration dates for driver’s licenses whose printed expiration date was March 16 to July 6.
  • Kentuckians must use mail or a clerk’s drop box for renewal or replacement of standard operator’s licenses, permits and ID cards that expire(d) between March 1 to Sept. 30 and do not require testing for renewal.

Buckner also announced that Gov. Beshear signed an executive order extending previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. This order will be in effect until Sept. 5 and is subject to renewal.

Gov. Beshear also signed an executive order prohibiting price gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.

Kentucky cases

The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported at total of 33,254 positive cases of COVID-19 and 760 deaths on Thursday, August 6.

The health department reported 8,523 recoveries.

Currently, 674,756 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.

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