Despite guidance, not all businesses willing to drop face coverings

Source: Blue Stallion Brewing Company/Facebook

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Millions of Americans enjoyed their first full weekend with loosened COVID restrictions in over a year but there’s also confusion following the CDC’s recent guidance on mask-wearing.

Thursday, the agency announced people no longer have to wear a mask if they’re fully vaccinated or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances.

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In Kentucky, Governor Beshear announced Friday the state would follow CDC guidance, adding masks are still required in certain locations like on public transportation, in healthcare and longterm care facilities, and for those at high risk.

Ultimately, businesses still have discretion over mask-wearing and not all establishments are quick to drop the face covering.

In Lexington, Blue Stallion Brewing Company shared a post on social media Saturday. It said the company is not changing their mask policy.

According to the post, “Masks are still required inside the Blue Stallion taproom. Upon entering, ordering from the bar, or getting up from your table to use the restroom. Feel free to remove your mask when seated at your table.”

Sidebar Grill in Lexington shared a similar sentiment on social media on Friday. According to the establishment, “We at Sidebar Grill will still be holding our mask policy meaning when up & about indoors, and entering/exiting the building a mask is required.”

The post went on to say, “All of our employees are fully vaccinated & we will also maintain wearing masks.”

Governor Beshear has said capacity limits will return to normal on June 11 to allow for those 12 to 15 years old to get vaccinated. A COVID-19 update by the governor is scheduled to take place at 4 P.M. Monday.

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