Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Wednesday that masks would soon be required in all state-owned buildings.
As of Thursday, July 29, all state employees will be required to wear masks while indoors. Additionally, anyone visiting a state building will need to wear one as well, according to the governor.
"It's a requirement that all of our state employees, while indoors around other people at work, wear a mask to protect themselves and those they interact with," Gov. Beshear said Wednesday. "We're also going to require all visitors to state buildings to wear one as well."
According to Gov. Beshear, the decision comes alongside new guidance released by the CDC on Tuesday that recommends mask-wearing while indoors, even for fully vaccinated individuals.
"Listen - I didn't want to have to go back to this. Nobody wants to have to go back to this. But at the same time, we pledged to protect one another, to be there for the people of our commonwealth," the governor said. "As the CEO of this state, I want to set the right example for other employers out there, to make sure they protect their people."
You can hear Wednesday's full message from Gov. Beshear by clicking here.