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Wear a mask to church Sunday

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As the weekend approaches, many people have reached out to us asking how Governor Andy Beshear's Executive Order concerning masks and face coverings will affect churches.


After consulting with the Attorney General's office and a local health department director, here's what we think: 


After consulting with the Attorney General and a local health department director, this is our best analysis.


Interpretation:


Based on the interpretation of Governor Andy Beshear’s July 10, 2020, Executive Order concerning masks, we believe:

  • Speakers, singers, or presenters who are six feet away from the congregation or audience are exempt from wearing a mask.

  • Anyone in a church building who is not at least six feet away from people who are not in their household should wear a mask.

Direct from Gov. Beshear’s Order:


Governor Andy Beshear’s Executive Order of July 10, 2020, states the following is exempt from wearing a mask:


4h: Any person who is giving a speech or broadcast to an audience and is able to maintain a safe distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household


It states:


People in Kentucky must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when they are in the following situations that represent a high risk of COVID-19 transmission:


3a: While inside, or waiting in line to enter, any: retail establishment; grocery story; pharmacy; hair salon/barbershop; nail salon/spa, tattoo parlor; child care facility; restaurant or bar (when not seated and consuming food or beverage); health care setting, or; 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.


Link to the Order:


The entire order may be found here: https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200709_Executive-Order_State-of-Emergency.pdf

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