FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) 2.5 million: that’s how many Kentuckians Gov. Andy Beshear says need to to have received at least their first COVID vaccine dose before he will completely reopen the state. Beshear says the goal could be reached in just under four weeks, or as long as six weeks.
“When we have vaccinated 2.5 million Kentuckians we will remove capacity restrictions for nearly all venues, events, and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons. This goal when reached we will remove the physical distancing restrictions and we will end the curfew we have on bars and restaurants.”
So far, about 1.6 million Kentuckians have received the first dose of the vaccine. When 2.5 million Kentuckians have been vaccinated, the Governor said he will lift capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons. In addition, he will end the curfew for bars and restaurants. 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
Beshear made the announcement at the opening of a new mass vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville Monday morning. The site has the capacity to vaccinate nearly 4,000 people every day.
(This story was originally published on April 12, 2021)