Kentucky’s mask mandate ends today


Buildings across WKU’s campus have signs stating that masks are required in order to enter.

Debra Murray, Digital News Editor

As of today, Kentucky’s mask mandate will be lifted along other COVID-19 restrictions. After 15 months of wearing masks, having capacity limitations, and shutdowns, all previously enforced restrictions are being eased or lifted entirely. 

Kentucky followed CDC guidance last month, no longer requiring fully-vaccinated people to wear masks. However, Governor Andy Beshear said he wanted to wait a few weeks to lift restrictions so children between 12 to 15 years old had time to get their vaccine.

Masks will still be required on public transportation, schools, long-term care facilities and other locations that serve the “most vulnerable.”

Senior centers will open to full capacity as well due to the increased number of vaccinated people.

On May 14, WKU followed suit after the CDC announced fully-vaccinated people do not need to wear masks. WKU President Timothy Caboni sent an email saying people who are fully vaccinated no longer are required to wear a mask on campus. 

Now masks will no longer be required in Kentucky, so the transition back to normalcy will be noticeable during the fall semester.

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