Kentuckians adjusting to executive order to wear masks

The state is gradually reopening for business with masks strongly encouraged. Walking around, there are just as many people wearing masks as those without them.

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The state is gradually reopening for business with masks strongly encouraged. Walking around, there are just as many people wearing masks as those without them.

“It’s not that difficult to put it on. You know what i mean. You look cool. It’s just fun,” said Lauren Keenan.

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“I have masks that I plan on bringing. I’ve just forgotten them at home, so once we get into the habit of it, I think it’ll make it easier.” said Tyler Dawson.

Those wearing masks believe it’s necessary to help keep themselves and others safe.

Not having a mask won’t result in a fine or punishment, though. Some believe it’s not fair to shame anyone without a mask.

“I think it’s wise to wear a mask,” said Mike DeAngelis. “I think that you have your own choice to make. I think that’s how it should be. I don’t think you should be forced to do anything that you don’t want to on this.”

The choice is easy for some businesses, including Goodfellas Pizza. The restaurant said it has made sure workers have masks and comply with the Governor’s order. They’re also asking customers to wear one, but there is one obvious challenge.

“When they come in with a mask, how are they even going to eat when they’re in our establishment? We want everyone to make sure they’re comfortable and safe, but it does pose a lot of challenges,” said Alex Coats, Goodfellas owner.

Even with the challenges, Keenan wants people to do their part, “I just want everyone to follow the rules, so that we can get back to doing what we love.”

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Austin Miller joins ABC 36 Sports Team as a Sports Reporter and Weekend Anchor. Austin is from the Louisville area and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2008. Austin graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a second concentration in German. While at IU, Austin was a blogger at Kentsterling.com and co-host, producer and engineer for WIUX, the school’s student radio station. Before coming to ABC 36, Austin was a news videographer at WLFI in West Lafayette from 2012-2015. While working with WLFI, Austin had the chance to cover the Purdue Boilermakers. He then accepted a Sports/New Reporter position at Local 4 KSNB-TV in Hastings Nebraska and was eventually promoted to sports full-time as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. While at KSNB-TV, Austin covered the University of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Hastings College. After spending nearly six years away from home, Austin is excited to return to the Bluegrass State to cover the teams he grew up watching. In his spare time, Austin enjoys playing basketball, working out and cooking. If you have any story ideas or would like to say “Hello,” you can reach Austin by email at amiller@wtvq.com or direct message him on Twitter @AustinMillerTV.