Do I Really Have To Wear a Mask?



Do I Really Have To Wear a Mask?

Most likely, yes, you’ll need to wear a mask in any public setting, according to the new Kentucky mandate that will last at least 30 days.

The No. 1 thing a mask can do is protect the health and the life of yourself and those around you,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “It can make sure we don’t lose more people than we should, it can keep our cases down and it can help us to continue to reopen our economy.”

Where do you need to wear a mask? These are the guidelines from the state mandate:

While inside, or waiting in line to enter, any of the following:

  • Retail establishment

  • Grocery store

  • Pharmacy

  • Hair salon/barbershop or nail salon/spa

  • Tattoo parlor

  • Child care facility

  • Restaurant or bar (when not seated and consuming food or beverage)

  • Health care setting

  • Any other indoor public space in which it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from all individuals who are not members of that person’s household

  • While waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit, or while riding in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, or driving any of the above while customers are present.

  • While in outdoor public spaces in which the person cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household and is not otherwise covered by previously issued guidance.

Where do you need to wear a mask? These are the guidelines from the state mandate:

  • Those 5 years and younger

  • Any person with a disability, or a physical or mental impairment, that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering

Why should you wear a mask?

Health experts have said that wearing a mask can lower your infection risk by 65%.  “We have worked too long and hard, and sacrificed too much, to squander the gains we have made in this fight,” the Governor said.

Though wearing a mask may help keep you and your family healthy, understand that these masks should not give you a false sense of security. Remember that this step is in addition to, not in place of, the other protective measures you’ve been taking. Cloth masks are of course not as effective as medical masks or respirators, however, they are still helpful in stopping the spread of the disease. Remember when handling your mask the CDC recommends: 

  • Wash cloth masks daily and after high-exposure to others

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask or taking it off

  • Do not touch the outer layer of your mask while in use

  • Place your mask in a plastic bag until it can be cleaned

  • Wash your hands again after removing your mask

Read more tips about proper cloth mask usage.


How do you make your own face mask?

We do not have any masks available at the health department, but if you’re unable to purchase a cloth mask, the CDC does have DIY instructions. They list both sew or no-sew options. See instructions here.

Have more questions about COVID-19? Take a look at our FAQ.


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