Governor Andy Beshear has issued an order making it mandatory for people in Kentucky to wear face masks in public places. The order takes effect on Friday at 5 p.m.
The State of Kentucky joins over 20 other states that have issued mask-wearing orders in areas where social distancing of six feet cannot be enforced.
Beshear said his executive order applies to customers of retail facilities. This includes grocery stores and other forward-facing businesses. It will be enforced for an initial period of 30 days but could be extended.
As of Thursday, Kentucky recorded 18, 245 positive cases, with 333 new additions. Coronavirus has claimed 612 lives in the state.
Daycares and high school sports activities have shut down due to the increased infection rate.