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Gov. Beshear signs three executive orders, includes extending mask mandate and eviction moratorium

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 16:27:39-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear has signed three executive orders related to COVID-19 aimed at helping Kentuckians get through the coronavirus pandemic.

First, the governor says the state's mask mandate will be extended for another 30 days.

"We know that this is one of the most powerful tools to fight this virus," said Gov. Beshear.

The governor says he was a few months ago, he was in a car with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. He says his family was not exposed to the virus, in part, because of wearing facial coverings while inside the car.

"This protects you ... and I need people out there to try," Gov. Beshear said.

The renewal takes place on January 2nd at 5:00 p.m. for 30 days.

The governor also signed an executive order allowing Kentucky pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of up to a 30-day supply of non-scheduled medications for residents of the Commonwealth. This will add 30 days a previous executive order starting on January 4th.

Finally, the governor signed an executive order that will extend the state's eviction moratorium to January 31st, which matches the CDC Eviction Moratorium included in the relief bill.