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Masks In Ky. Schools, W.Va Still Local Discretion

The subject of mandatory masks has once again become a topic of discussion.

Kentucky and West Virginia have eased mandates in recent months, but a COVID-19 surge worldwide has made decisions more urgent than ever before.

Ky. Governor Andy Beshear made an announcement Tuesday about a return to masking in schools. All teachers, staff, students and visitors will wear masks when indoors at all public and private schools in the commonwealth regardless of vaccination status.

W.Va Governor Jim Justice suggested another mandate is possible if COVID-19 trends continue.

The Governor has left mask requirements in schools up to individual county systems.

Justice said he is giving leeway for local officials make their own decisions currently but hinted at a possible return of mask mandates if the trajectory of the virus doesn’t change.

“…but if this thing continues the way it’s going you’ll just have to look for the fact that we will have to adjust and we probably will end up having to move in this direction,” Justice said during his conference on COVID response Wednesday.

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