Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order mandating that people must wear a face covering or mask in public in certain situations.
The order goes into effect Friday at 5 p.m.
According to the governor, the order requires all customers in retail facilities to wear a mask, customers in grocery stores must wear a mask, and customers in most forward facing businesses have to wear a mask if they are indoors.
Additionally, if someone is outside and cannot be six feet away from another person, they also need to wear a mask.
“Now it's not just us that thinks that this is the right move. The National Retail Federation and the Kentucky Retail Association specifically asked us to take this action. This is the National Retail Federation, that wanted us to open and they want to stay open. They're now at 50%. They don't want to go back. They've asked every governor to require every individual, that's not encumbered by a medical condition, to wear masks when shopping in public places,” Beshear said. “This is to protect the employees, to protect the businesses and to protect the customers themselves.”
The order will be in effect for 30 days, according to Beshear.
“I want to see how well we can do in 30 days,” the governor added. “Our future and what we can do in the state, how our economy rebounds, how safe people are going to be, the health and the lives of Kentuckians all depends on our ability to wear one of these."