Mask mandate brought back for employees, visitors in state offices

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – All state employees and visitors of state buildings will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

Gov. Andy Beshear posted a video update announcing the new mask mandate which goes into effect Thursday, July 29.

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The mandate comes off the back of the CDC’s new mask recommendations and growing concerns of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

“Listen, I didn’t want to have to go back to this. Nobody wants to have to go back to this,” said Gov. Beshear. “But at the same time, we pledged to protect one another, to be there for the people of our Commonwealth and as the CEO of this state, I wanna set the right example for other employers out there to make sure they protect their people.”

Other government officials issued their thoughts on the new mask requirement, including  Auditor Mike Harmon.

“I was disappointed to receive notice today of Governor Beshear’s renewed mask mandate for state employees, even those who are fully vaccinated. This policy removes one of the most significant incentives for individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” shared Auditor Harmon. “I continue to encourage all unvaccinated Kentuckians to have a discussion with their health care provider about whether the vaccine is the best option for them.”