Kentucky is preparing to take another step toward easing COVID restrictions in place since last spring. The state will increase capacity restrictions beginning May 28. Additionally, Governor Andy Beshear clarified that fully vaccinated people do not need masks in small indoor gatherings. State public health officials expect to make additional adjustments to the state’s COVID measures next week after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) releases further information on vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds.
Beginning Friday, May 28, all indoor events and businesses with 1,000 or fewer people can function at 75% capacity. These entities, including retail, restaurants, theatres, gyms, wedding ceremonies, and memorial services, currently have a 60% capacity limitation. Indoor and outdoor events with more than 1,000 people can increase to 60% capacity.
Speaking at a Thursday afternoon news conference, Beshear clarified current mask requirements for fully vaccinated residents. Small groups meeting indoors, including those at work, do not have to wear a face covering. The governor stressed one caveat for everyone in the group, they all have to “be 100% vaccinated.”
As of Thursday, 1.8 million Kentuckians have received at least the first COVID vaccine.
Beshear also announced a record number of sales and use and motor vehicle usage tax collections for April. Beshear reported that the $486.5 million collected in sales and use tax represents the highest April receipts in state history.