Kentucky Governor Mandates Masks in Schools

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon requiring masks in schools and daycares.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 6:35 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2021 7:50 PM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order on Tuesday that requires all teachers, students, staff, and visitors to wear masks in Kentucky schools.

The order goes for all private and public K-12 schools, Pre-K schools, and childcare facilities.

Governor Andy Beshear says the order is how they plan to protect students and keep them in school. He says the order is supported by a coalition of every single public health entity in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce backed the governor’s mandate, saying masking in schools will help keep children safe and protect the workforce of Kentucky by keeping parents at work.

“We are to the point where we can not allow our kids to go into these buildings unprotected, unvaccinated and face this delta variant. We have already seen through what we have shown you that our kids will not stay in school. They will not get in-person learning. We will have massive quarantines and we will have parents that can’t go to work,” says Governor Beshear.

Earlier Tuesday morning, Governor Beshear announced that the Commonwealth officially surpassed a half a million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. With 2,500 new cases being announced on Tuesday, Governor Beshear says 490 of them are children 18 and younger.

Officials at Governor Beshear’s update said that pediatric hospital beds across the state are filling up and that as adult cases rise, so do children’s.

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