New order recommending people across Kentucky to wear a face mask in public now in effect

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Posted at 8:19 AM, May 11, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WLWT) — A new order that recommends people in Kentucky to wear a mask in public is now in effect.

Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement two weeks ago, hoping to give people time to get one.

The governor said this is a necessary step to take as the state begins to reopen.

"While it's going to seem strange and it's probably uncomfortable I want us to know that this is just another small sacrifice to make sure that we keep each other safe," Gov. Beshear said.

Everyone is encouraged to wear one, but there aren't plans to cite those who don't.

"For the general public, I am asking, I am urging, if I have to I will plea, but no one is going to be fined or penalized at the end of the day this is your decision, but it is one that impacts the lives around you," Gov. Beshear said.

The order will allow businesses to refuse to serve a customer if they are not wearing a mask.

The governor expects this order to be in place until there's a vaccine.