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Kentucky COVID-19 restrictions to end June 11

Vaccine effectiveness, expanded eligibility allows for easing of restrictions, governor says

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Final capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 will end Friday, June 11, Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday.

The effectiveness of vaccinations and expanded vaccine eligibility to include 12- to 15-year-olds is allowing the commonwealth to safely and sustainably ease restrictions, he said. With about 1.9 million Kentuckians vaccinated, the governor said everyone who is eligible should be able to get a dose of a safe and effective vaccine ahead of June 11.

A review of COVID-19 data from the period when many Kentuckians were vaccinated, this March and April, proves the effectiveness of vaccines, the governor said. Over the two months, total cases declined 18%; hospitalizations declined 19% and deaths declined 48%.

In addition to setting the June 11 date for lifting all capacity restrictions, the governor said Thursday the commonwealth would immediately follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that fully vaccinated Kentuckians no longer need to wear a mask in most places. He said the mask mandate will be eliminated on June 11 for all Kentuckians with the exceptions of places where people are the most vulnerable.