Kentucky governor extends mask mandate to combat coronavirus


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor has extended his mask-wearing requirement to combat the coronavirus.

Gov. Andy Beshear also announced the state fair will be limited to participants only. The actions come as the state tries to halt a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

Kentucky reported 516 new virus cases Thursday and eight more virus-related deaths. Beshear says his mask-wearing mandate will be extended another 30 days.

The Democratic governor first imposed the statewide requirement about a month ago. He says compliance is a crucial step to save lives, allow the economy to rebound and to allow children to return to school.

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