Commonwealth Policy Center

Gov. Beshear ordered Kentuckians going out in public to begin wearing masks today. The idea is to slow the spread of coronavirus as Kentucky’s economy begins to open up. However, many have questioned why people haven’t already been ordered to wear masks while shopping at Walmart or the big home improvement stores that have been packed. The governor said there are no penalties to citizens who don’t wear masks, however, businesses can deny services to anyone not wearing one. I’ve talked to a number of people who say they just won’t wear them as some believe they’re ineffective and that they contribute to fear. What we’re learning in all this is that while governmental leaders may have good intentions, governmental policies aren’t always consistent, effective, or swift when they need to be.