Kentucky Inspectors To Strengthen Mask Enforcement

Oct 6, 2020

Gov. Andy Beshear says the state will be stepping up enforcement of the administration's mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 case numbers.

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"It's going to be a hard month," the governor observed, reading off the day's new coronavirus total.

Beshear announced 1,054 new cases Tuesday, along with state plans to reinforce rules requiring face coverings in indoor public areas.

Officials with the Public Protection and the Labor Cabinets, along with restaurant and bar inspectors, will be bolstering their efforts to make sure businesses are complying with the "no mask, no service" policy.

"What could happen... You could have your business shut down for a period of time, you can be fined, you can just have a conversation where you say ok, we'll get it done and we know that you're going to be checking back in," Beshear explained.

The increased oversight comes as the state looks to stem its third major escalation in coronavirus cases, one that is on pace to set more records this week.