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Ky. Gov. Beshear announces capacity restrictions set to end on June 11

The mask mandate will also rescind on June 11.
Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 10:05 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday morning that Kentucky will return to 100% capacity at events and venues starting on June 11.

He also said the state’s mask mandate will end on the same date.

However, the governor says masks are still required in hospitals and other locations populated with high-risk people.

Kentucky business owners are hopeful.

“And it’s just a great feeling to be back normal,” Billy Reid, the owner of Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro said. “Now since I’ve got my vaccine, I can come in and out with my mask on. Some of our employees are older, they can now take their mask off.”

With approximately 1.9 million Kentuckians who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Beshear said everyone who is eligible should be able to get the vaccine before June 11.

He also said that the state of emergency declared on March 6, 2020, when the state recorded its first COVID-19 case, will remain in place for the time being, as well as the federal emergency declaration.

Beshear said this move is to ensure Kentucky will continue to receive federal funds that are only made available to states with a public health emergency in place.

“We started during COVID, so for us it’s the first time that we’ve had a normal business,” Nick Gray, the marketing manager at The Brew Bridge in Owensboro said.

Workers at The Brew Bridge say they are relieved over the news.

“If you’re vaccinated, you are no longer required to wear a mask,” Gray said. “We do want everybody to be comfortable and make those decisions on their own. We’re open for everybody.”

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Gov. Beshear was one of the first local leaders to speak after the announcement, saying Kentucky will follow that guidance.

You can watch the governor’s COVID-19 update in the video below:

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