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Masks Required In Lexington City Buildings, Effective Close Of Business Monday

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Josh James
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WUKY

Masks are coming back to Lexington government buildings, following new orders from Mayor Linda Gorton. 

Citing rising COVID-19 cases, Gorton returned city buildings to universal masking at the close of business Monday. Lexington now averages more than 100 new cases a day, a 110% jump from just two weeks ago, according to the New York Times tracker.

Even though the county ranks third in the state in COVID-19 vaccinations, Gorton has said the numbers are not where they need to be.

"We are highly vaccinated here and I'm very disappointed and I would just say to people the number one thing you can do to impact the situation is get the vaccine," she told WUKY. 

All city employees and visitors to government buildings are now expected to mask up. The only exceptions are for young children, two and under, and those who are medically unable to wear one.

Masks are now required in University of Kentucky campus facilities. Fayette County Schools is also among the districts mandating facial coverings when students return to class.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.