Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday the state will remove capacity restrictions and distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons when 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
He also said the curfew for bars and restaurants would end once the goal is met.
Beshear announced the “Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge” as he opened a drive-through vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville with hopes of vaccinating 200,000 Kentuckians over the next seven weeks.
Beshear said Kentucky could reach the 2.5 million goal as soon as 3½ weeks with the current vaccine supplies, but said it would probably take four to six weeks.
“If you are a restaurant, a bar, a store, a public pool, a country club, a grocery, a funeral home, a wedding venue, a concert hall, a museum, if you put on festivals, if you are a distillery, this is what you have been waiting for — a clear number and a clear goal to hit,” Beshear said.
Masking would remain in effect and mass gatherings would still be limited until COVID-19 variants are under control and more Kentucky children are able to be vaccinated.
To see all vaccination sites in the commonwealth and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).
To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.