Friday marks a historic day in the fight against COVID-19 as most restrictions are lifted across the commonwealth.
"Today, we are lifting the final restrictions put in place to keep our people safe during this once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic," said Gov. Beshear. "COVID-19 remains deadly. Our war against it is not yet won. But after more than 15 months of struggle and sacrifice, we can also say this: While COVID-19 remains a threat, we are no longer in crisis."
After about a year of masking up, Kentuckians can now ditch the protective covering in most situations. Capacity limits have also been lifted.
Gov. Andy Beshear said the restrictions can be lifted thanks to the state's high vaccination rate as more than 2.1 million people have received at least one vaccine dose statewide.
"The reason we can do that: vaccines," Gov. Beshear said. "These things are miracles. The reason we can do that, vaccines. These things are miracles."
Mask mandates are still in effect where people are most vulnerable including hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, homeless shelters, and jails. Some businesses may also require patrons to wear a mask.
The state's weekly number of COVID-19 cases has declined 93% since January 2021. The state's number of deaths occurring each week has declined 95% since January 2021. And the state's number of patients who are hospitalized for COVID-19 has declined 83% since January.